Meta has removed the content from its platform; Internet Service Providers in Singapore directed to block Website linked to Facebook Page and Group
SINGAPORE – 09 JUN 2023
IMDA notified Meta to review and remove a Facebook Page and Group containing Child Sexual Exploitation Material (CSEM). Meta removed it within 24 hours. This is the first time IMDA notified a Social Media Service of such content since the Broadcasting Act was amended to include enhanced Online Safety requirements. IMDA has also directed Internet Service Providers in Singapore to block a Website linked to the Facebook Page and Group, that enabled access and distribution of more CSEM content.
IMDA was alerted by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) to a Facebook Page that was part of an online network facilitating the sharing of CSEM. IMDA subsequently uncovered a Facebook Group carrying similar posts. These Facebook posts contained hyperlinks that led viewers to a Website with CSEM.
IMDA and SPF take a serious view on the solicitation and distribution of CSEM, which is a type of egregious content as defined under the amended Broadcasting Act.
In accordance with IMDA’s collaborative and co-regulatory approach, IMDA notified Meta of the Facebook Page and Group for immediate review and action. Under the amended law, IMDA is authorised to direct Social Media Services to block or remove egregious content, and will not hesitate to issue directions to Social Media Services if they do not swiftly detect and remove egregious content on their platforms.
Tackling the threat of harmful online content is a global issue which requires a whole-of-society effort. The Singapore Government has strengthened our regulatory framework and will continue its efforts in ensuring that regulatory and public education measures can address the growing range of harmful online content and protect Singapore users against online harms.
Social Media Services, too, have a responsibility to ensure online safety for all users, particularly children. We recognise that the industry has taken active steps in recent years to combat harmful online content on social media, and urge Social Media Services to remain vigilant in detecting and preventing the dissemination of harmful online content through their platforms and services. These contributions are critical in shaping a safer online space for users in Singapore.
IMDA will continue to work closely with Social Media Services to enhance Singapore’s Online Safety.