Singapore tells Fb, Twitter to hold correction discover on virus pressure By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A person walks previous chairs stacked up outdoors eating places as dining-in is restricted to curb the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore Could 17, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore on Thursday ordered Fb (NASDAQ:) and Twitter to hold a correction discover to customers of the social media platforms within the nation over what it says is a false assertion a couple of new virus variant originating in Singapore.

The ministry of well being stated it was conscious of the assertion circulating on-line on media shops and social media platforms, which implied {that a} new, beforehand unknown variant of COVID-19 originated in Singapore and risked spreading to India from the city-state.

The transfer got here after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated in a Twitter publish this week {that a} new type of the virus that was significantly dangerous to kids had come to Singapore, and urged for a ban on flights.

Each the Singapore and Indian governments have criticised the opposition politician, saying his feedback weren’t based mostly on information and had been “irresponsible”.

The correction orders had been issued beneath Singapore’s faux information regulation, or the Safety from On-line Falsehoods and Manipulation Act.

Fb and Twitter confirmed receipt of the order and stated they complied as per the native regulation.

A immediate on customers’ Fb information feeds linked to a authorities web site that stated there was no new “Singapore” variant of COVID-19. Neither is there proof of any COVID-19 variant that’s “extraordinarily harmful for teenagers”, the well being ministry stated.

It stated the B16172 pressure discovered in lots of new COVID-19 instances in Singapore was first detected in India.

Twitter despatched notifications to its account holders based mostly in Singapore, which included a tweet from the federal government’s official account @POFMA_Notice.

Singapore Press Holdings’ SPH Magazines, which was additionally issued the order, stated it had complied and posted the discover in its HardWareZone discussion board.

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