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Singapore is forcing Facebook to prevent fake news

Worldwide concerns are mounting on fake news spreads on Facebook. However, Singapore has taken drastic measures to curb this false news. The country has begun its implementation by passing a law to prevent fake news. As part of this, the country has directed Facebook to fix a fake news posted by a person. The order was given on Friday. The information was released in a report by Reuters.

Singapore Home Minister Ken Shanmugam said in a statement that according to the Protection from Online Falsehood and Manipulation Act, he had asked the concerned department to give targeted correction directions. Subject to this, Facebook must show notice of a correction message on the user's Facebook page. This is the country's first step in preventing fake news.

Last Saturday, a blogger named Alex Tan Ji Jiang posted a post on the State Times Review page. The post alleges fraudulent allegations in the election. This post was claimed by the Singapore government as unclear and false propaganda.

Although Tan was asked to delete the post, he claimed to be an Australian citizen and refused to delete the post.

According to the statement of the country's Home Ministry, it will be investigated against Tan for non-compliance with the law.

According to the law, if Facebook does not send correction messages following the instructions, Facebook will be fined 1 million Singapore dollars.

Facebook has not made a statement on the matter. However, the post was not amended till Friday afternoon.

Earlier, Facebook raised concerns about the implementation of the new law. Here executives are given broad powers to delete a user's post. It said it was forced to hang government messages.

If the allegations are proved, the controversial poster will be sentenced to a maximum of 6 years.

Several human rights organizations have described it as a government weapon against freedom of speech and the imposition of censorship on the Internet.



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