JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Singapore tells Facebook to correct post under new fake news law

Friday, November 29, 2019, 11:10 GMT+7
Singapore tells Facebook to correct post under new fake news law
Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. Photo: Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore said on Friday it had instructed Facebook to issue a correction on a post on the social media platform under its new fake news law, after the user declined a government request to do so.

Singapore ordered blogger Alex Tan on Thursday to correct a post on the Facebook page of a blog called the States Times Review that carried accusations of election rigging, saying they were “false” and “scurrilous”.

Tan, who does not live in Singapore and says he is an Australian citizen, said in a subsequent post he would not comply with the Asian city-state’s request.

On Friday, the office administering the law, know as the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act, said it had “instructed” Facebook to issue the correction after Tan’s “non-compliance”, adding it had “commenced investigations against Tan”.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Tan’s post was unchanged at 11.30 a.m. (0330 GMT).



Read more




Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news