Local blogger Xiaxue applies for protection against satirical site SMRT Ltd (Feedback)

Popular local blogger Wendy Cheng, better known by her online moniker Xiaxue, has applied for protection from satirical Facebook page SMRT Ltd (Feedback) under the Protection from Harassment Act. -- PHOTO: WENDY CHENG
Popular local blogger Wendy Cheng, better known by her online moniker Xiaxue, has applied for protection from satirical Facebook page SMRT Ltd (Feedback) under the Protection from Harassment Act. -- PHOTO: WENDY CHENG

SINGAPORE- Popular local blogger Wendy Cheng, better known by her online moniker Xiaxue, has applied for protection from satirical Facebook page SMRT Ltd (Feedback) under the Protection from Harassment Act.

In a blog post on Friday, Ms Cheng alleged that the site has been harassing her since 2012, including making disparaging remarks about her and her online business, accusing her of fraud, and harassing her family. She posted on her blog several Facebook posts of SMRT Ltd (Feedback) as evidence.

Ms Cheng wrote that after she applied for protection, the site was served a lawyer's letter via email and a private Facebook message on Jan 29.

Ms Cheng also said that SMRT Ltd (Feedback) was on Thursday served a court order by the State Court.

The order, which she put up on the blog, prohibits the site from making "insulting or abusive communication" against her, her husband Michael Marquet Sayre and son Dashiel Marquet Sayre. The court order also instructs the site to take down any offending published material. Disobeying the order may result in a maximum fine of $5,000, up to six months in jail, or both.

SMRT Ltd (Feedback) said on its page on Friday: "It is with sadness that we have to inform followers of SMRT Ltd (Feedback) that pursuant to a court order by the State Court, passed on the 5th of February 2015, we are to reveal our identities on this page as well as post an apology by 12pm, tomorrow (Saturday 7 Feb 2015)."

The post on its Facebook page also says they are preparing their legal response but will abide by the court's order to reveal their identities.

The Act came into effect on Nov 15 last year. The Ministry of Law says the law seeks to better protect people from harassment and related anti-social behaviour. The law applies both in the physical and online world, and may also apply out of Singapore.

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