MCI slaps Declared Online Location tag on States Times Review page
SINGAPORE — Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran has declared the States Times Review Facebook page a Declared Online Location.SINGAPORE — Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran has on Saturday (15 February) declared the States Times Review (STR) Facebook page a Declared Online Location (DOL) under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA). A Ministry of Communication and Information (MCI) media statement said that, under the declaration, the page is required to carry a notice stating that it has been declared a DOL. Visitors to the page will be warned that the page has a history of communicating falsehoods. The declaration will make it an offence for Alex Tan, owner of the STR Facebook page, to derive benefit from operating the page. It also bans any kind of financial support for the page for purposes of promoting its communication of falsehoods. This is the first time a DOL has been issued by the POFMA office. It will come into effect on Sunday. Repeatedly conveyed falsehoodsThe STR Facebook page has repeatedly conveyed numerous falsehoods, three of which were the subjects of POFMA directions from November 2019. The latest instance occurred on Friday, when Minister of Health Gan Kim Yong issued a correction direction to STR Facebook page over a post on Thursday which had numerous falsehoods on the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Singapore. The STR Facebook page has not complied with any of the POFMA directions that it has been served with. MCI said that the page is linked to other websites operated by Tan, which derive monetary benefits from the falsehoods. Numerous falsehoods in post on COVID-19 outbreakIn the latest correction direction issued by the POFMA office to STR Facebook page on Friday, Health Minister Gan took issue to a post about the 30,000 Chinese work pass holders who have not returned to Singapore. The post, which was shared more than 300 times, had claimed that: Debunking each falsehood claimThe POFMA office said that the above-mentioned claims are “entirely false”. It proceeded to debunk each claim: Besides the correction direction, the POFMA Office was also told to issue a targeted correction direction to Facebook, the host of the post. To date, the fake news law has been used to deal with five cases of falsehoods related to the coronavirus outbreak. Stay in the know on-the-go: Join Yahoo Singapore's Telegram channel at http://t.me/YahooSingapore Other Singapore stories: Woman, 26, charged with abandoning baby in Bedok Donors needed: Singapore blood supply critically low amid COVID-19 outbreak COVID-19: Singapore confirms 9 new cases, 6 linked to Grace Assembly of God church; total at 67 Coronavirus: How it's spreading in Singapore and the world COVID-19: Catholic Church in Singapore suspends all Masses Read more: Yahoo Singapore
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