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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Singapore Orders Social Media Platforms to Issue Correction on COVID Variant

Singapore on Thursday ordered social media platforms to have a correction notice to users in the country as they were false information about a new COVID-19 variant originating in Singapore.

The country has instructed Facebook and Twitter to carry correction notices on posts claiming there is a local strain of the COVID-19 virus.

The health ministry denied the statement circulating online regarding the new strain that originated in Singapore.

“There is no new ‘Singapore’ variant of COVID-19. Neither is there evidence of any COVID-19 variant that is ‘extremely dangerous for kids,” the health ministry said. 

“The strain that is prevalent in many of the COVID-19 cases detected in Singapore in recent weeks is the B.1.617.2 variant, which originated from India,” it added.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier said that a new form of the virus that was particularly harmful to children had come to Singapore, and urged for a ban on flights.

The correction orders were issued under Singapore’s fake news law, or the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act.

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