Published: Sun, December 01, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Blogger tests Singapore’s fake news law by rebuffing correction order

Blogger tests Singapore’s fake news law by rebuffing correction order

"The Direction requires [Facebook] to communicate a correction notice by means of its service to all users in Singapore who access the falsehood through its service", the office explained.

Mr Tan is a Singaporean who lives overseas and is also the editor of Temasek Review News and Singapore Herald, both of which were found to breach the Infocomm Media Development Authority's (IMDA's) Internet Code of Practice.

This is the second time that the Government has exercised its powers under the new Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma), following its use on Monday in relation to a Facebook post by Progress Singapore Party member Brad Bowyer.

In doing so, it misquoted Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam and gave a wrong impression of what he said about religion and politics in Parliament.

The government on Thursday ordered the editor of the publication's Facebook page to correct the post, accusing him of "scurrilous allegations".

Yesterday, Mr Tan reposted the States Times Review's false claims on Twitter, Google and LinkedIn and challenged the Government to "issue Pofma orders to the social media companies".

The post in question had cited the NUSSU - NUS Students United post about Ms Ong's alleged religious affiliations and called for her to resign from all executive positions in the organisation in question.

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"No one has been arrested or charged arising from the NSU post", the ministry said.

It is an offence not to comply with a correction direction without a reasonable excuse.

The government of Singapore said Friday that it has required Facebook to publish a correction notice on a post that it says contains false statements. Tan, who does not live in Singapore and says he is an Australian citizen, refused and authorities said he is now under investigation.

The social media giant, which has previously expressed concerns about the legislation, did not respond to requests for comment and the article was still on the site without any changes. The POFMA Office asked Facebook to intervene after Mr. The order to Facebook was the third one in a week, with earlier ones sent to the author of the post, Alex Tan, and an opposition party member on a separate issue. But government officials have rejected such concerns.

According to news release from the POFMA Office on Friday, the correction direction to Facebook follows the editor's "noncompliance" and requires the USA company to "publish a correction notice" on the States Times Review's post.

It allows the government to order online platforms to remove and correct what it deems to be false statements that are "against the public interest".

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