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Pofma office orders National Times Singapore to correct misleading Facebook post

May 28, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SINGAPORE - The National Times Singapore Facebook page has been asked to put up corrections to a post in which multiple false and misleading statements were made about the scope and application of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act.

Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam instructed the Pofma Office on Wednesday to issue a correction direction to the Facebook page, run by Mr Alex Tan, and a targeted correction direction issued to Facebook.

On May 15, the National Times Singapore Facebook page published a post claiming, among other things, that "Every criticism has been outlawed by the Singapore government through its new Pofma legislation, where the politicians in power get to decide what is truth".

The Facebook post also stated that Mr Shanmugam had issued a Pofma direction to ban an online video in which historian Thum Ping Tjin asserted that Singapore's fake news law renders all criticism of the Government illegal.

These are untrue, said the Government, adding that Mr Tan has previously been issued Pofma correction directions in relation to falsehoods conveyed on six separate occasions on his previous Facebook pages, the States Times Review and Singapore States Times.