Nov 30, 2019

Facebook bows to Singapore's 'fake news' law with post 'correction'

Facebook has added a correction notice to a post that Singapore's government said contained false information. In an emailed statement to the BBC, 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. Authorities then called on Facebook to "Publish a correction notice" in line with the "Fake news" law passed earlier this year. The law also bans the use of fake accounts or bots to spread fake news - this carries penalties of up to S$1m and a jail term of up to 10 years. Singapore's government invoked the law for the first time on Monday to order opposition politician Brad Bowyer to correct a Facebook post questioning the independence of state investment funds.

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