Using its law to combat misinformation and fake news for the first time on November 25, Singapore ordered a politician from an opposition party to correct a Facebook post that allegedly used “false and misleading” statements to smear the government’s reputation.

The legislation, which came into force in October, gives government ministers powers to order social media sites to mention warnings next to posts that authorities consider as false, and to even take them down in extreme cases.

Rights activists and tech giants including Google and Twitter have criticised the law saying it could stifle online dissent.

Singapore uses ‘fake news’ law for first time 

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