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Singapore orders anti-govt website to warn readers of falsehoods

The notice aims to prompt readers to do additional fact-checking when accessing the page

15.2.2020

The notice aims to prompt readers to do additional fact-checking when accessing the page.

The notice aims to prompt readers to do additional fact-checking when accessing the page

Published 3:17 PM, February 15, 2020 Updated 3:17 PM, February 15, 2020 SINGAPORE – Singapore ordered the Facebook page of an anti-government website Saturday, February 15, to warn readers it regularly posts falsehoods, the first time authorities have taken such action under a tough law against misinformation . The law gives ministers in the tightly-regulated city powers to order internet platforms to put warnings next to posts they deem false, but activists and tech giants like Facebook fear it could be used to curb free speech . Authorities have used it several times to force corrections on individual online posts, but this is the first time since the law came into effect in October that an entity is being directed to warn its readers that it is a regular promoter of falsehoods. A government statement said the information minister had invoked the law to name the Facebook page of The States Times Review (STR) as a"declared online location" with effect from Sunday. This means it is required to carry a notice warning readers that it"has a history of communicating falsehoods," the statement said. . According to the statement, STR"has repeatedly conveyed numerous falsehoods" since November last year, 3 of which had been ordered corrected under the law. And in the past weeks, its Facebook page also spread falsehoods about the coronavirus situation in Singapore, it said. The website is run by Alex Tan, who says he is an Australian citizen based overseas. He has defied the correction orders, prompting the Singapore government to ask Facebook to do so. Facebook has complied. In a statement in November after posting a correction, Facebook said:"As it is early days of the law coming into effect, we hope the Singapore Government's assurances that it will not impact free expression will lead to a measured and transparent approach to implementation." 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. Singapore's government, which regularly faces criticism for curbing civil liberties, insists the legislation is necessary to stop the spread of damaging falsehoods online. – Rappler.com Read more: Rappler

Imagine this— for EVERY time we post/share/like something that is FAKE, we are slapped with a violation ticket, which we have to pay the penalty and/or sit on seminar about ‘responsible use of internet’, BEFORE we get to access the internet again... Just imagine.

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