SPH Magazines obeys Pofma correction order

The online post in the HardwareZone Forum falsely claimed that a man has died from the Wuhan virus infection.
The online post in the HardwareZone Forum falsely claimed that a man has died from the Wuhan virus infection.PHOTO: GOV.SG

SPH Magazines has complied with an order by the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma) Office to correct an online post in the HardwareZone forum that falsely claimed that a man in Singapore had died from the Wuhan virus infection.

"A false statement was made in a HardwareZone forum post, claiming that a man has died from the Wuhan coronavirus infection in Singapore. HardwareZone is required to carry the correction notice to all end-users in Singapore who use HardwareZone.com," said the Pofma Office in a statement early yesterday.

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong instructed that the order be issued, the Pofma Office added.

The forum post was made on Sunday at 5.50pm.

It was removed before the Pofma order was received.

SPH Magazines, which operates HardwareZone forum, complied with the correction notice which included a link to a government website which corrected the falsehoods in the original post.

"HardwareZone.com had, in fact, taken down the thread earlier, in line with its community guidelines. It has also promptly complied with the direction and published the correction notice," said an SPH Magazines spokesman.

"Forum users have also been reminded to post responsibly."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 28, 2020, with the headline 'SPH Magazines obeys Pofma correction order'. Print Edition | Subscribe