Wuhan virus: 2 Facebook users made false posts about Woodlands MRT closure - POFMA Office

Two men seen wearing face masks outside the Funan Mall on Monday (27 January). (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Two Facebook users made a falsehood by alleging that Woodlands MRT station was closed for disinfection due to a suspect case of the Wuhan coronavirus, the POFMA Office said on Tuesday (28 January).

The station was not closed on Tuesday and was fully operational, added the POFMA Office, which oversees the administration of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA). 

The Minister for Transport has instructed the POFMA Office to issue a correction direction to Facebook. The social media giant is required to carry a correction notice on the two Facebook posts which contained the falsehood.

The POFMA Office asked the public to refer to the Factually article,“Corrections and Clarifications Regarding Falsehood that Woodlands MRT Closed for Disinfection”

It also urged the public not to speculate or spread unfounded rumours, and instead rely on the Ministry of Health’s website and the Gov.sg WhatsApp to get timely and accurate information regarding the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

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