Tag: POFMA

Businessman, touted as a potential polls candidate, criticises Cherian George’s views on Pofma

Singapore -- An author and businessman, touted as a potential People's Action Party (PAP) election candidate, has written a Facebook post criticising many of the views regularly expressed on the Pofma fake news law by media studies professor and author Cherian George. Prof George has...

“Brilliant question but idiotic answer” say netizens in relation to a WP query and PAP’s response

After Workers' Party (WP) member Leon Perera raised a question in Parliament on the efficacy of issuing directives under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) as a means to reinforce public trust, People's Action Party (PAP) MP Indranee Rajah's stepped up to address his...

Shanmugam issues Pofma orders about video to PJ Thum and New Naratif

Earlier today (May 13), Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam issued Correction Directions under the Protection From Online Falsehoods And Manipulation Act (Pofma) to online publication New Naratif and historian Thum Ping Tjin, who is also known as PJ Thum. The orders, which...

“Is Ho Ching considered a civil servant?” Lim Tean questions POFMA order for sharing article about the Temasek CEO’s salary

Singapore—Lawyer and opposition leader Lim Tean questioned the Correction Direction he received on Sunday (Apr 19) from the POFMA office concerning an article from The Online Citizen (TOC) about the salary of Temasek Holdings CEO Ho Ching that Mr Lim had shared on April...

Asia cracks down on virus ‘fake news’

by Katie FORSTER and Spencer FEINGOLD with AFP bureaus Hundreds of people have been arrested across Asia for posting purported false coronavirus information, according to an AFP investigation, deepening concerns that growing government efforts to combat "fake news" will target the wrong people and silence...

K Shanmugam: There is “far less” fake news in Singapore

Singapore—K Shanmugam, the country’s Home Affairs and Law Minister, said that while fake news is found in many places, there is “far less” of it in Singapore, which is important during this time when misinformation about Covid-19 abounds. Mr Shanmugam told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on...

POFMA notice issued to Facebook user who claimed 1/3 of Resilience Budget would go to SIA

Singapore—The POFMA (Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act) office issued a media release on Wednesday, April 1, saying that the Minister of Finance had instructed it to use a correction direction to a Facebook user going by the name “超静” (“tifinnytara”) because on...

Communications and Information Minister S Iswaran calls Facebook criticism of POFMA an “allergic reaction”

Singapore—Bloomberg reports that the country’s Communications and Information Minister, S Iswaran, called social media giant Facebook’s criticism of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) an “allergic reaction,” In a March 11 Bloomberg Television interview, Mr Iswaran said that the Covid-19 is...

Activist files police report against woman who said she “lied” about being evicted by HDB to seek donations

Socio-political activist Gilbert Goh has filed a police report against Lina, the woman who lied that she and her six children were evicted from their rental HDB flat, in order to solicit donations. In his police report, Mr Goh said that he caught wind of...

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...