Facebook tightens political ad rules in Singapore as election looms

Facebook last year started introducing several similar initiatives in various countries, including the United States and India. (File/AFP)
Updated 26 September 2019

Facebook tightens political ad rules in Singapore as election looms

  • Ads about social issues, elections or politics in Singapore should confirm their identity and location, and disclose who is responsible for the advertisement
  • Singapore has repeatedly said it is vulnerable to foreign interference in its domestic affairs

SINGAPORE: Social media giant Facebook Inc. said on Thursday it had implemented new rules for political advertisements in Singapore ahead of an election in the city-state expected within months.
The new rules require those who want to run ads about social issues, elections or politics in Singapore to confirm their identity and location, and disclose who is responsible for the advertisement.
Facebook will also require “Paid for by” disclaimers in advertisements, which will be stored in a searchable online library for seven years.
Under pressure from authorities around the world, Facebook last year started introducing several similar initiatives in various countries, including the United States and India, to increase oversight of political ads.
Singapore — which has been ruled by the People’s Action Party since it split from Malaysia in 1965 — has repeatedly said it is vulnerable to foreign interference in its domestic affairs.


‘Come Dine with Me’ casting call now open in UAE

Updated 02 July 2020

‘Come Dine with Me’ casting call now open in UAE

  • Following the same format as the UK, every week each contestant will attempt to host the perfect evening for three strangers in their home

DUBAI: OSN, in collaboration with ITV Studios Middle East, is now accepting applications by UAE residents to take part in “Yalla Neta’asha,” the Arabic version of the widely loved British reality TV show “Come Dine with Me.”

Applicants can apply until July 17 by sending their name, address and mobile number to [email protected] for the unique opportunity to be part of the legendary show and win a valuable prize. To be eligible, applicants must be over 23 years of age and reside in the UAE.

Following the same format as the UK, every week each contestant will attempt to host the perfect evening for three strangers in their home, with the other guests rating the evening out of 10.

Each host will cook a starter dish, a main course and a dessert, followed by a grading session by the three guests of their hosting skills and the overall experience.

Each contestant believes that they are the ultimate host, but at the end of the week only one can be crowned the best host and walk away with a valuable prize.

Combining elements of authenticity, witty humor and fascinating guests makes the show one of the most relatable series to everyone.

The 45-episode series of “Yalla Neta’asha” will be live on OSN and the OSN streaming app weekly from Sunday to Thursday this autumn.