Tag: POFMA

“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...

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...