POFMA correction direction issued to Facebook for post falsely claiming 3-year-old died from COVID-19
A correction direction has been issued to Facebook over a post that falsely claimed a three-year-old girl had died from COVID-19 at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and that the death was not reported.
Health Minister Ong Ye Kung has instructed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) Office to issue the correction direction to Facebook, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (Aug 15).
Facebook is required to carry the correction notice to all end-users in Singapore who use the platform.
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“The Government takes a serious view of the deliberate communication of these false statements, and criminal investigations under POFMA will be conducted,” said MOH.
MOH on Saturday issued a statement on Facebook regarding the post and said that the claims were “a total fabrication”.
“This is completely untrue and a total fabrication … We urge the public to refrain from spreading rumours and misinformation,” said the Health Ministry.
The Facebook post, by a user named Eileen Loh, has been circulating online claiming that a three-year-old had died from COVID-19 at KKH. The post had been shared close to 200 times as of Saturday evening.