Facebook issued POFMA correction direction after 2 users alleged Woodlands MRT closed due to Wuhan virus

Facebook is required to carry a Correction Notice on the two posts.

Martino Tan| Mandy How| January 28, 08:39 PM

Update on Jan. 30, 10:23am:

The Facebook posts have been taken down. In response to queries by Mothership, Facebook confirms that they were not the ones who removed it.

Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan has instructed POFMA Office to issue a Targeted Correction Direction to Facebook.

The correction order comes after two Facebook users alleged that the Woodlands MRT station was closed for disinfection due to a suspect case of the Wuhan virus.

The allegations are false, said the POFMA office, as Woodlands MRT was not closed on Jan. 28.

The posts, which were uploaded on Jan. 28, also urged people to avoid Causeway Point as the suspect case was allegedly brought there.

 

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The office adds that Facebook is required to carry a Correction Notice on the two Facebook posts containing the falsehood.

Members of the public are advised not to speculate and/or spread unfounded rumours.

Second time POFMA correction order is used

This is the second time the POFMA correction order is used for a Wuhan virus related falsehood.

The first was issued by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong to SPH Magazines Pte Ltd, which operates the HardwareZone Forums (HWZ) two days ago on Jan 26.

A post on HWZ claimed that a man had died as a result of the Wuhan virus in Singapore.

This claim is contrary to the known facts on the ground, where no deaths as a result of the virus have been reported.

SPH Magazines complied with the order.

This is also the second time that the fake news law has been invoked on Facebook.

Such an order is similar to the States Times Review post, when Facebook has to issue a "legally required" disclaimer to indicate that the post has false information.

Top image via Khaw Boon Wan and Facebook