The post by fringe news site States Times Review (STR), contained "scurrilous accusations" according to the Singapore government. The link goes to "a new page briefly explaining the law and adding that as a 'neutral platform, ' Facebook doesn't endorse the truthfulness of either the posts on its site or government corrections", the Journal said. News, meanwhile, reads: "Singapore tells Facebook to change post after dissident editor refuses to comply".
The government said in a statement that it had issued an order requiring Facebook "to publish a correction notice" on a November 23 post which contained accusations about the arrest of a supposed whistleblower and election rigging. The order to Facebook was the third one in a week, with earlier ones sent to the author of the post, Alex Tan, and an opposition party member on a separate issue.More news: 'The Simpsons not coming to an end'
But Tan - who is based overseas - refused and said he was an Australian citizen and would not comply with requests from a "foreign government". The BBC's writeup of the story notes criticism of Singapore's law from Amnesty International, which says it would "give authorities unchecked powers to clamp down on online views of which it disapproves". The report can only be seen by Facebook users in Singapore, Reuters reports.
Facebook issues first-ever "fake news" correction to user post under pressure from Singapore govt For the first time, Facebook has given into pressure from Singapore to add a correction notice on a post which officials have deemed "fake news", shared on the platform by a blogger.More news: UNC comeback falls short against MI after fatal second-half cold stretch
Facebook often blocks content that governments claim violates local laws, with nearly 18,000 cases worldwide in the year through June, according to the company's "transparency report".
The Asia Internet Coalition, an association of internet and technology companies, called the law the "most far-reaching legislation of its kind to date", while rights groups have said it could undermine internet freedoms, not just in Singapore, but elsewhere in Southeast Asia.More news: England's second Test chances rely on Joe Root flourishing
After coming into force last month, the so-called Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act Office invoked its anti-'fake news' law for the first time last week at the behest of Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat. It applies even to posts made from outside Singapore, and a refusal to comply could lead to as much as a 10-year prison sentence or a S$1 million (about $731,100 US) fine.