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

Facebook corrects post under Singapore law

Facebook corrects post under Singapore law

A body overseeing the law then said it had ordered Facebook to put up a "correction notice" by the article, which would link to a statement on the government's own fact-checking site.

The government said on Friday that it ordered Facebook to publish a correction on a user's social media post under a new "fake news" law, raising fresh questions about how the company will adhere to government requests to regulate content.

Underneath a posting by the States Times Review, a third party publishing company, the social media giant added a written disclaimer. The news agency said the flagged post, from November 23, contained accusations of election rigging. Tan had initially refused the order and is now under investigation, although there may not be much Singapore can do when Tan doesn't live in the city-state. In a follow-up post, he said he would "defy and resist every unjust law". In that case, the government directed opposition party member Brad Bowyer to include a correction notice in a Facebook post on the government's involvement in investment decisions by Temasek Holdings Pte and GIC Pte, as well as Keppel Corp.'s finances.

This is a message from Facebook user Alex Tan who posted a message about the Singapore elections on the States Times Review page.

Earlier in the week, it was reported that the government of Singapore has begun to make use of its law against "fake news", which Breitbart News first reported on in April. However, the POFMA Office states on its website that it will only ask for removal of "fake news" when it was "serious".

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Facebook has previously said it was "concerned with aspects of the new law which grant broad powers to the Singapore executive branch to compel us to remove content they deem to be false and to push a government notification to users".

"As required by Singapore law, Facebook applied a label to these posts, which were determined by the Singapore Government to contain false information", said a Facebook spokesperson on Saturday.

The law, known as the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation bill, came into effect in October.

Anyone who breaks the law could be fined heavily and face a prison sentence of up to five years.

Some Singapore users, however, said that they could not see the correction notice. Although the city-state is the Asian regional headquarters for several worldwide media companies, Singapore ranks a lowly 151 in the press freedom index compiled by Reporters Without Borders.

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