Facebook has added a correction notice to a user's social media post that Singapore's Government said contained false information, raising fresh questions about how the company will adhere to government requests to regulate content.
In this case, Facebook has added a "correction notice" to a post that Singapore authorities alleged contains false information.
Facebook Inc. issued a disclaimer for the first time to a post that the Singapore government said was false, complying with an order under the country's recently-enacted "fake news" law that critics said could be used to curb dissent.
Facebook didn't immediately respond to CNET's request for comment, but in a statement to Reuters, a spokesman for the company said Facebook had added the notice "as required by Singapore law". Tan also posted the article on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Docs and challenged the government to order corrections there as well. Tan had initially refused the order and is now under investigation, although there may not be much Singapore can do when Tan doesn't live in the city-state.
It also contains a link to the government's own fact-checking website.
In a statement, Facebook said it had applied the label as required under the "fake news" law. Another post published by the Australia-based blog that the police claimed to have arrested a "whistleblower" who "exposed" political candidate's religious affiliation.
"As it is early days of the law coming into effect, we hope the Singapore government's assurances that it will not impact free expression will lead to a measured and transparent approach to implementation".
Two years in the making and implemented only last month, Singapore's law is the first to demand that Facebook publish corrections when directed to do so by the government.
The increasing use of the law comes as speculation emerges that elections can be organized within months, although a weak opposition is seen as not a party to the long-ruling People & Action Party. In a follow-up post, he said he would "defy and resist every unjust law".
Facebook, a major investor in Singapore that a year ago announced plans to build a $1bn data centre there, has its Asia headquarters in the city-state.
Despite concerns, the Government of Singapore, which is regularly criticized for restricting civil liberties, insists that legislation is necessary to stop the spread of harmful untruths online.