Singapore requires Facebook to block the States Times Review page, according to a regulation by the Singaporean Minister of Communications and Information on Monday. The minister accuses the Facebook page of spreading falsehoods and wants a controversial 'fake news law' to be applied to the page.
In November Facebook already placed an annotation with a Facebook message on the relevant page. In the message, States Times Review blogger Alex Tan accuses the country of manipulating elections and arresting a whistleblower.
The States Times Review called minister S. Israwan Saturday "propaganda minister" after threatening that Tan risk a three-year prison sentence and a fine of 40,000 Singaporean dollars (more than 26,500 euros) if the States Times Review does not label itself as a source of untruth.
It is unclear whether Facebook intends to comply with the Singaporean requirement to make the entire page in the city-state inaccessible. Although the company followed the Facebook message requirement in November, it called for a restrained approach to the controversial fake news law.
In addition to the States Times Review, Singaporean politicians from opposition parties are also targeted by the controversial law. Minister Israwan calls that coincidence.