Facebook and industry group express concern over Singapore's proposed law against online falsehoods

Under the law, Internet platforms including social media networks like Facebook will be required to act swiftly to limit the spread of falsehoods by displaying corrections alongside such posts, or removing them.
Under the law, Internet platforms including social media networks like Facebook will be required to act swiftly to limit the spread of falsehoods by displaying corrections alongside such posts, or removing them.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - A spokesman for Facebook has expressed concern that a proposed law against online falsehoods here would "compel" it to remove content deemed to be false by the Singapore Government and to push out corrections to its users.

Mr Simon Milner, Facebook's Asia-Pacific vice-president for public policy, said the social media giant has a responsibility to handle any government request to remove alleged misinformation carefully and thoughtfully as it deems giving people a place to express themselves freely and safely important.

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