Facebook issues first correction notice at Singapore’s request

The Facebook correction notice was embedded at the bottom of the original post without any alterations to the text. (Reuters)
Updated 30 November 2019

Facebook issues first correction notice at Singapore’s request

  • The government said on Friday that it ordered Facebook to publish a correction on a user’s social media post
  • The correction notice was embedded at the bottom of the original post without any alterations to the text

SINGAPORE: Facebook said on Saturday it had issued a correction notice on a user’s post at the request of the Singapore government, but urged for a measured approach to the implementation of a new “fake news” law to protect freedom of speech.

“Facebook is legally required to tell you that the Singapore government says this post has false information,” the notice, which could be seen by some users in Singapore, said.

The correction notice was embedded at the bottom of the original post without any alterations to the text, but it could not be seen by other users inside and outside the country.

The Singapore government said on Friday it had instructed Facebook to publish a correction notice on a Nov. 23 post.

“As required by Singapore law, Facebook applied a label to these posts, which were determined by the Singapore Government to contain false information,” a spokesperson for Facebook said in an emailed statement.

“As it is early days of the law coming into effect, we hope the Singapore Government’s assurances that it will not impact free expression will lead to a measured and transparent approach to implementation.”


D&AD Awards announces new program changes for 2021

Updated 30 November 2020

D&AD Awards announces new program changes for 2021

  • D&AD, which promotes excellence in design and advertising, evolves its categories every year to reflect the industry

RIYADH: The D&AD Awards are now open for 2021 with several new changes.

Due to the economic climate, the education charity D&AD has increased its Super Earlybird discount from 30 percent to 40 percent for all entries submitted by Jan. 13. It has also increased the discount for freelancers and small businesses under 10 employees to 25 percent.

D&AD, which promotes excellence in design and advertising, evolves its categories every year to reflect the industry including revisions and additions of sub-categories as well as entirely new sections.

This year, there are four new additions: E-commerce with 12 sub-categories including purchase experience and brand partnership; next photographer is being brought back for emerging talent with less than 3 years of commercial experience in photography; type design, which has been removed as a sub-category from typography and is its own category due to the large number of entries it receives; gaming, which aims to celebrate creative excellence in gamified experiences and brand messaging across e-sports, mobile, and online games; and new realities and emerging media, which are sub-categories reflecting cutting-edge work that is changing how brands interact with consumers.

In addition, writing for design and writing for advertising are back as two distinct, separate categories after consultation with the industry.

Following last year’s revamp of the digital design subcategory and feedback from juries, judges will now prioritize execution over idea in this category in the digital design category.

Lastly, D&AD has introduced the low budget subcategories across all disciplines including film, branding, direction, visual effects, animation, photography, and entertainment as well as PR, spatial design, and music videos.

Donal Keenan, awards director at D&AD, said: “We are committed as always to creating an awards program that accurately reflects the current nature of the creative industries.

“In 2021 our changes reflect approaches the industry has employed to reach and engage audiences through e-commerce, gaming, and new realities.

“As current world events continue to transform the creative sector, we hope that the changes to our awards can help better bring together the creative community that we aim to champion,” he added.

After a virtual 2020 awards program, D&AD will continue its digital-first approach into next year, hosting a virtual awards ceremony and festival while continuing to explore the possibility of in-person events.