SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.(O) said on Saturday had issued a correction to a message on a user’s post, at the request of the singapore government, but it is a measured approach to the implementation of a new “fake news”, right in the city-state.
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“Facebook is under a legal obligation to inform you that the singapore government is not saying this message and it has false information,” according to the announcement, which will only be visible to users in Singapore.
The correction of the label was included at the bottom of the original post, without making any changes to the text.
The singapore government said on Friday it had urged Facebook “to publish a corrective notice on Nov. 23 post allegations about the arrest of the alleged events, and election rigging.
Singapore, which is expected to call a general election within months, said the allegations were “false” and “coarse” in the first instance, ordered for the user, Alex Tan, who is from the States-Times-Review-blog, for the correction of the notice at the post office.
Tan, who is not resident in Singapore and he says that he is an Australian citizen, refused, and authorities say he is now under investigation. Reuters could not immediately reach a Tan is the response.
As required by the Singapore law,, Facebook used to be a label to these messages, which were provided by the singapore government to contain false information,” a spokesperson for Facebook said in a statement via e-mail.
“If it’s too early in the morning, the law came into force, it is hoped that the singapore government the assurance that it will have no impact on the freedom of speech will lead to a more measured and transparent approach to its implementation.”
Some of the users are from Singapore, however, said that they would not be able to see the correction of the date of notification. Facebook could not immediately explain why the service is not available for some users.
Facebook often blocks the content of which governments are allegedly in violation of the law, with nearly 18,000 cases, worldwide, in the year to June, according to the company’s “transparency report.”
Two years in the making, and is only implemented in the last month or so, the Singapore law, it is the first question that Facebook will publish corrections when directed by the government.
The Asia Internet Coalition, an association of internet and technology companies, as named in the act, the most far-reaching legislation of its kind so far, while the rights groups have said that it would undermine internet freedoms, not only in Singapore but also elsewhere in South-east Asia.
In the other case, under the act, relating to the statements, which have been reported in the country, even if they come from elsewhere, opposition political figure, Brad, Bowyer, quickly complied with the request to make the correction.
The penalties range from a term of imprisonment of 10 years or fines of up to S$1 million ($733,192).
Reporting Fathin Ungku and John Geddie; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan and Richard Pullin