Daily Archives: 2019-09-26

Facebook tightens political advert rules for Singapore

Facebook on Thursday introduced strict criteria for political ads on the social network in Singapore to prevent the spread of misinformation as the city-state gears up for elections. Faced with criticism the site has been used to manipulate polls, Facebook has been tightening rules on such adverts around the world, from the United States to India. Those advertising in Singapore …

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Blogger Roy Ngerng defends journalists and activists who have been negatively painted by politicians

Taiwanese-based Singaporean activist and blogger Roy Ngerng Yi Ling took to his Facebook on Thursday (26 September) to defend independent journalists and activist who have been smeared by politicians. As someone who had first-hand knowledge of how the smear campaign works, Mr Ngerng said that he initially thought that the Singapore has a democratic government and there’s rule of law. …

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Facebook post about compulsory course on foreign interference is inaccurate says NUS

On Wednesday (25 September), a Facebook page called NUSSU – NUS Student’s United claimed that the National University of Singapore (NUS) was implementing compulsory courses on foreign interference. The post said that the courses were compulsory for NUS Students’ Union and other student leaders, following the recently cancelled Yale-NUS programme by playwright Alfian Sa’at called ‘Dissent and Resistance in Singapore’. …

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Netizens point out the irony of PM Lee telling world leaders to ‘resolve differences calmly and peacefully’

We should try our best to resolve our differences calmly and peacefully, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the United Nations (UN) event on Tuesday (24 September). The event, Leadership Matters – Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World, was hosted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth. In his speech, …

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Inconvenient truth about palm oil’s role in the haze

Written by The Oil Palm, a project of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), dedicated to promoting the benefits of Malaysian Palm Oil, the world’s essential oilseed crop. No doubt, the haze currently engulfing much of South-East Asia, including Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia is horrible – both for humans and their health, and the planet and her lungs. This year it …

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“Foreign interference” narrative “a time tested tactic” preceding clampdowns by PAP govt: Function 8

The “foreign interference” narrative is “a time tested tactic” allegedly utilised by the PAP government as a prelude to clamping down on political dissent in Singapore, said civil rights group Function 8 on Thu (26 Sep). Director Teo Soh Lung, in a Facebook post today, cited how allegations of foreign interference was “used in a massive and destructive way” in …

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