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|Parent||Singapore Press Holdings|
STOMP contributors, otherwise known as STOMPers, have been widely criticised for submitting xenophobic, racist and sexist content onto the portal. There are also instances of fabricated submissions targeting National Servicemen and commuters on public transport.
In 2012, STOMP staff, 23-year-old Samantha Francis, was sacked after submitting a photo of an MRT train moving with the train doors wide open. It was later revealed that she had taken the photo off Twitter. The editor-in-chief, Mr Patrick Daniel, issued an apology to SMRT.
On 24 March 2014, a STOMPer submitted a photograph of an NS man not giving up his seat to an elderly woman on the train. This photo was later found to be doctored – in reality, there was an empty seat next to the man which was cropped out of the photo.
In April 2014, an online petition to close down the portal went viral. The petition garnered close to 23,000 signatures as of 15 April 2014. Robin Li, owner of the petition, stated: "STOMP has failed to rectify and set simple sensible guidelines before any irresponsible netizen contributes a fabricated story without getting the right facts." Media Development Authority responded that "it will not influence the editorial slant but will take firm action if there is a breach of public interest or the promotion of racial and religious hatred or intolerance."
- "Why does Stomp even exist?". The Independent. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- "AsiaOne: Stomp Staff sacked over false MRT open door photo". Asia One. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- "Straits Times portal's inaccurate report about NSman on train". The Online Citizen. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- "MDA responds to anti-Stomp petition". The Straits Times. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2019.