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Singapore issues first correction order under 'fake news' law

Opposition politician told to revise 'false' Facebook remarks on state funds

Singapore's Parliament House: A law that allows the government to issue correction orders to individuals and groups found to be posting false information online came into effect in October.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- The Singapore government has ordered an opposition politician to correct a Facebook post in the country's first application of a contentious "fake news" law, the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act, or POFMA, which took effect in early October.

According to a statement from the POFMA Office, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat instructed the office to issue a correction direction to Brad Bowyer. The directive requires Bowyer to carry the correction notice in full at the top of his Facebook post.

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