Tag: POFMA

Facebook says order to block States Times Review could stifle freedom of expression in Singapore

Singapore—Facebook is deeply concerned about the order from the Singaporean Government to block access to the States Times Review (STR). The blocking of access is said to contradict what the Government has said that the country’s law against fake news would not be used...

Singapore orders anti-govt website to warn readers of falsehoods

Singapore ordered the Facebook page of an anti-government website Saturday 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...

POFMA should only be for clear cut cases of falsehoods, not for interpretations of statistical data, says SDP

Secretary-General of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Dr Chee Soon Juan and Vice-Chairman John Tan both took to social media reiterating the arguments they presented in court despite an unfavourable ruling. On Wednesday (Feb 5), the High Court dismissed the SDP’s appeal to set aside...

Malaysian journalist charged over China virus posts

A Malaysian journalist was charged Wednesday with causing public alarm with Facebook posts about the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China, as authorities warned against online "rumour-mongering". The virus has so far killed almost 500 people and infected 24,000 others in China, and spread to more...

Legal challenge to Singapore misinformation law rejected

The first legal challenge to Singapore's law against online misinformation was rejected Wednesday, a blow to opponents who say it is being used to stifle dissent before elections. The controversial legislation gives authorities the power to order corrections be placed next to posts they deem...

Judge dismisses SDP’s Pofma appeal relating to local PMET employment statistics

The High Court has dismissed the Singapore Democratic Party's (SDP) appeal to set aside  Correction Directions issued against it under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma). Calling the party's statements "false in the face of the statistical evidence against them", Justice Ang...

Correction Direction to website with fake news about Singaporeans contracting Wuhan virus

Singapore — On Friday, two Correction Directions were issued under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma). Health Minister Gan Kim Yong issued a Correction Direction against AB-TC City News over a website article that claimed five Singaporeans who had not gone...

ESM Goh says Singaporeans need to be wary of and pay heed to POFMA

Emeritus Senior Minister (ESM) Goh Chok Tong has warned Singaporeans not to spread fake news unknowingly and to be wary of or to fear POFMA, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act. In a Facebook post on Wednesday (Jan 29), ESM Goh wrote, “We...

SG ambassador to the US rebuts activist Kirsten Han’s POFMA op-ed in the New York Times

Singapore—In response to an opinion piece activist Kirsten Han wrote that was published in The New York Times (NYT) on January 21, Singapore’s ambassador to the United States Ashok Kumar Mirpuri has written a letter to the NYT’s editor rebutting the points that Ms...

POFMA to quash Wuhan virus falsehoods which can cause public panic

SINGAPORE — On Monday (Jan 27), Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran emphasised that in line with the new Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA), the Government will come down hard on anyone found to be spreading falsehoods about the Wuhan...