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Singapore: Facebook publishes a ‘correction notice' to a dissident’s post as govt. invokes fake news law

Author: BBC, Published on: 5 December 2019

"Facebook bows to Singapore's 'fake news' law with post 'correction'", 30 Nov 2019

Facebook has added a correction notice to a post that Singapore's government said contained false information.

It is the first time Facebook has issued such a notice under the city-state's controversial "fake news" law...

...Facebook said it had applied a label to a post "determined by the Singapore government to contain false information", as required under the "fake news" law.

The company - which has its Asia headquarters in the city-state - said it hoped assurances that the law would not impact on free expression "will lead to a measured and transparent approach to implementation"...

The States Times Review post contained accusations about the arrest of an alleged whistleblower and election-rigging.

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".

Authorities ordered editor Alex Tan to correct the post but the Australian citizen refused, saying he would "not comply with any order from a foreign government".

Authorities then called on Facebook to "publish a correction notice" in line with the "fake news" law passed earlier this year...

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