Facebook has deliberately marked fake news and other deception for some time, yet in Singapore, it now doesn't have a lot of decision. The direct target is a Facebook page called States Times Review, that often calls for the People's Action (PAP) party to be removed from power after 60 years.
The social site has named a November 23rd post as containing "false information" to comply with a Singapore law meant to check the spread of false information.
Facebook by the government on the appeal of a user's post on the correction made.
"It is sending them but use it like this, and the first time out, not so encouraging", he said, adding that the position gets a little traction when it was first published. In a statement Facebook said that it hoped that "the Singapore government's assurances that it will not impact free expression will lead to a measured and transparent approach to implementation".
How did we get here?. The post in question, which remains available, contained "scurrilous accusations against the elections department, the prime minister, and the election process in Singapore" according to the government.
Tan's post remained up as of mid-afternoon on Friday, with a November 28 update noting that the government denied the arrest. Upon Alex Tan's refusal to obey, the authorities launched an investigation against him.
Authorities then called on Facebook to "publish a correction notice" in line with the "fake news" law passed earlier this year. However, the POFMA Office states on its website that it will only ask for removal of "fake news" when it was "serious".
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The law, known as the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation bill, came into effect in October.
But after authorities ordered Facebook to put a correction next to the post, the social media giant said it had complied.
The penalties range from prison terms of as many as 10 years or fines up to $SG1 million ($AU1.08 million).
What's been said about it?Although the city-state is the Asian regional headquarters for several global media companies, Singapore ranks a lowly 151 in the press freedom index compiled by Reporters Without Borders.
The Singapore government, which regularly faces criticism for curbing civil liberties, insists that legislation is necessary to stop the spread of harmful falsehoods online.
The government has argued that the law safeguards against abuse of power by allowing judicial reviews of its orders.