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Who runs the Facebook pages of cabinet ministers? Who pays them?

In early 2019, Facebook released a new tool called ‘Page Transparency’ which allows people access to more information about a page and who is managing it. The tool is intended to help users determine whether a page can be trusted or not. The Page Transparency tab shows users information about when the page was created, a history of page name …

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ST finally reports on Cambodia’s and Vietnam’s anger over PM Lee’s remarks after 5 days of silence

After 5 days of silence, state-linked media Straits Times finally reported on PM Lee’s controversial Facebook post causing unhappiness among our Asean neighbours Cambodia and Vietnam (‘PM Lee’s Facebook post on Vietnam’s invasion of Cambodia draws ire‘, 7 Jun). Last Friday (31 May) at the Shangri-la Summit, PM Lee publicly told the audience, “After the Cold War ended, the US …

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Reuters wins SOPA Award for its reporting on the Rohingya crisis

The Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA), a Hong Kong based not-for-profit organisation, has declared Reuters as the winner of the SOPA Award for Public Service Journalism in its story titled “Erasing the Rohingya”. The announcement was made on Wednesday evening (29 May) in Hong Kong at the SOPA 2019 Award Gala Dinner attended by about 270 media executives, editors, …

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Australian-American comedian holds Singapore as a parable to the US, illustrates that the choice between freedom and security is a false one

America’s late-night talk and news satire TV show The Jim Jefferies Show hosted by comedian Jim Jefferies dropped by Singapore recently to talk about freedoms in Singapore and how tough it is to be a comic in a country like Singapore. In a video on Facebook, Jefferies describes the small island-state as a ‘crazy rich place with some of the …

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MinLaw sponsored Michelle Chong’s “Premium Lian” video on POFMA with K Shanmugam, but was not indicated according to Facebook guidelines

In a bid to increase public engagement with the newly passed Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill (POFMA), Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam has decided to take a purportedly friendlier approach in discussing the new law by appearing in a video earlier this month with “Premium Lian”, a well-known Internet personality and the alter ego of actress Michelle …

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POFMA may be detrimental to innovation: Google

Technology giant Google said Thursday Singapore’s new law against “fake news” could hurt innovation, a crucial element in the high-tech sector which the government is developing as an economic growth driver. Parliament late Wednesday passed legislation that gives government ministers powers to order social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to put warnings next to posts authorities deem to …

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad congratulates media over improved ranking in the latest World Press Freedom Index

Following the country’s ascension in the latest World Press Freedom Index rankings, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad took to Instagram on Fri (3 May) to congratulate Malaysian media for the improved ranking. Malaysia rose by 22 places at the 123rd spot this year, with a decrease of 10.67 points from 36.74 points last year. A lower score indicates greater press …

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