Facebook Places Label on User’s Post Under Singapore ‘Fake News’ Law

Clay Curtis
December 1, 2019

Unless Facebook complies and adds a fake news "correction" to the post published by the page, the company will be ordered to pay up to $365,000. Editor Alex Tan said in a Facebook post following the publication based in Australia and he is not bound by a foreign government orders.

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".

The item now appears with a label below it, stating: "Facebook is legally required to tell you that the Singapore government says this post has false information".

It also contains a link to the government's own fact-checking website.

"As are the first days of the law's entry into force, we hope that the Singapore government's assurances that they will not impact freedom of expression will lead to a measured and transparent implementation approach".

The government said no one had been arrested, and accused the STR of making "scurrilous accusations against the elections department, the prime minister, and the election process in Singapore".

"As required by Singapore law, Facebook applied a label to these posts, which were determined by the Singapore government to contain false information", a spokesman for Facebook said in an emailed statement.

Tall City shoppers support local businesses
It's a day meant to help and thank locally-owned businesses. "I think it's been growing ever since I came here", Russo said. A steady stream of shoppers stopped by Circa Boutique + Gifts on Saturday during the Small Business Saturday event.

The increased use of the law comes as speculation mounts that elections could be called within months, although a weak opposition is seen as no match for the long-ruling People's Action Party (PAP).

But the new Singapore law is the first to demand that Facebook publish corrections when directed to do so by the government, and it remains unclear how Facebook plans to respond to the order.

On Nov 23, the website posted on its Facebook page remarks concerning an earlier post on the Nussu-NUS Students United page, which parodies the National University of Singapore Students' Union or Nussu.

In a Facebook posting original, Brad Bowyer, the city-state opposition party members, criticizing sovereign wealth fund Temasek to invest in what is described as "debt-ridden" restaurant company. office also questioned the investment made by the GIC, another Singapore wealth fund.

The Singapore government, which regularly faces criticism for curbing civil liberties, insists that legislation is necessary to stop the spread of harmful falsehoods online.

The blog was shut down late a year ago but later moved to the Facebook page of the Singapore Herald, also based in Australia.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER