Facebook (FB. O) stated on Saturday it had issued a correction notice on a user’s post the request of the Singapore government, however, referred to as for a measured strategy to the implementation of a new “fake news” law within the city-state. The correction label was embedded at the bottom of the original post without any alterations to the textual content.
The Singapore government stated on Friday it had instructed Facebook “to publish a correction notice” on a Nov. 23 post, which contained accusations in regards to the arrest of a supposed whistleblower and election rigging.
Singapore, which is predicted to name a normal election inside months, mentioned the allegations had been “false” and “scurrilous” and initially ordered person Alex Tan, who runs the States Times Review blog, to problem the correction discover on the post.
Tan, who doesn’t live in Singapore and says he’s an Australian citizen, refused, and authorities mentioned he’s now beneath investigation couldn’t instantly reach Tan for comment. Some Singapore users nonetheless stated that they might not see the correction discover. Facebook couldn’t instantly explain why the notice was unavailable to some customers.
Facebook usually blocks content material that governments allege violate local laws, with almost 18,000 circumstances globally within the year to June, in line with the company’s “transparency report.” Two years within the making and applied only last month, Singapore’s law is the first to demand that Facebook publish corrections when directed to take action by the government.
The Asia Internet Coalition, an association of internet and technology companies, known as the legislation the “most far-reaching laws of its kind to date,” whereas rights teams have stated it may undermine internet freedoms, not simply in Singapore, however elsewhere in Southeast Asia.