Facebook had published a correction on user’s posts, by following demand from the Singapore government, for the first time a technology giant has complained about the city-state’s law against misinformation.
The government authorities had ordered Facebook to correct a post promoting an article containing “scurrilous accusations” of election ropes, ramping up their use of a controversial law against misinformation.
This law gives ministers powers to put warnings next to posts they considered as false, but that protestors fear could be used to control free speech.
Alex Tan (Australian), who runs the anti-government website (States Times Review) got a correction notice below his post on a government request, Facebook confirmed. But Tan refused it.
Now, this article appears with a label below showing that “Facebook is legally required to tell you that the Singapore government says this post has false information”.
The Singapore government’s fact-checking website said Tan’s article claimed elections are rigged in Singapore to ensure the ruling party stays in power. It contained “false statements of fact” and “made scurrilous accusations”.
For that, Alex Tan reacted disobediently by reposted the article on Twitter, Google, and LinkedIn. And asking the government to issue correction orders to the companies.
Facebook, a major investor in Singapore that last year announced its plans to build a $1billion data center, as Asia headquarters in the city-state.
Singapore’s government regularly faces criticism for restricting civil liberties, insists the legislation is necessary to stop the spread of damaging lies online.