SDP Seeks Meeting with Facebook

29 March 2018

Ms Sandhya Devanathan
Singapore Country Director
Facebook

and

Mr Simon Milner
Vice-President of Public Policy for
Asia Pacific
Facebook

Dear Ms Devanathan and Mr Milner,

The Singapore Democratic Party is concerned about the issue of deliberate online falsehoods and the fallout from the matter surrounding Cambridge Analytica, and how these subjects impact upon society and politics, particularly elections, in Singapore.

Such being the case, we would like to request for a meeting with you and/or other Facebook officials who might be able to address some of our concerns which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Whether the Singapore government has requested for information on users and, if so, when and on what grounds.
  2. Whether any political party in Singapore have requested for information on users and, if so, when and on what grounds.
  3. Whether any group or individual either formally or informally affiliated to any political party in Singapore received data from Cambridge Analytica or any other similar organisation that might have used information taken from Facebook especially during the periods of the 2015 general election or the 2016 Bukit Batok by-election.
  4. Whether Facebook can make public the list of advertisements made by the Singapore government on Facebook and the amounts paid for these advertisements especially during the periods of the 2015 general election or the 2016 Bukit Batok by-election.
  5. Whether Facebook can make public the list of political parties and other political actors who have advertised on Facebook including the amounts paid for these advertisements especially during the periods of the 2015 general election or the 2016 Bukit Batok by-election.
  6. Whether any of the senior positions in Facebook’s Singapore office are occupied by persons who are actively involved with, or identified as potential election candidates of, any political party in Singapore.

Our concerns, of course, emanate from the revelation that Facebook user profiles have been utilised to influence the 2016 Presidential elections in the United States and, more importantly, whether such a practice was employed in Singapore. We look forward to clarifying with you some of these issues.

In the interest of transparency and full disclosure, and because such a matter is currently of intense interest in Singapore and around the world, we would like to make this letter available to the public.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Paul Ananth Tambyah
Chairman
Singapore Democratic Party

 

 

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9 Responses to “SDP Seeks Meeting with Facebook”

  • Amos proved PAP hypocrisy:

    PAP does not need Facebook to influence the last GE. The death of the arrogant, self-serving LKY took care of that. Moreover, after 5 decades under PAP the majority of Singaporeans have become stupid and/or spineless.

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  • RDB:

    More like politically mindless lah!

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  • Titiana Ann Xavier:

    The SDP has grounds to suspect the PAP of resorting to every means to retain power. Facebook will be doing Singaporeans a great service if it decides to be level with the SDP. Facebook will be viewed negatively if Ms Devanathan and Mr Milner reject SDP’s request for a meeting to clarify matters. Professor Thambyah must pursue this matter relentlessly in the public interest. It will also put pressure on the PAP government to behave.

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  • Bapak:

    Yes, agreed. Sinkies can’t even think don’t talk about adding. To them 1+1 = PAP, 2+2 also PAP. KNN, never know we have such stupid fools here.

    Amos proved PAP hypocrisy:
    PAP does not need Facebook to influence the last GE. The death of the arrogant, self-serving LKY took care of that. Moreover, after 5 decades under PAP the majority of Singaporeans have become stupid and/or spineless.

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  • Bapak:

    Agreed. FB has been losing membership. It is time to clarify to win back confidence. If they keep to their promise on transparency and freedom of speech, this is the time. Failing which they will lose more members. The world is watching.

    Titiana Ann Xavier: te)

    The SDP has grounds to sus

    Titiana Ann Xavier:
    The SDP has grounds to suspect the PAP of resorting to every means to retain power. Facebook will be doing Singaporeans a great service if it decides to be level with the SDP. Facebook will be viewed negatively if Ms Devanathan and Mr Milner reject SDP’s request for a meeting to clarify matters. Professor Thambyah must pursue this matter relentlessly in the public interest. It will also put pressure on the PAP government to behave.

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  • LIONS:

    Facebook must maintain its integrity or it will perish like Shit Times n become * NO FACE*- BOOK( Chinese say BOH MIN).

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  • PAP don't Build a Nation:

    Well done SDP.
    We are with you. For you.

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  • patriot of Temesak:

    Doc T…what is there to KNOW lah!!! the Idiot PM told a bunch of students he can get everything about the people in Singapore through the TELCOs…who you call what you call and talk about including the intimate and personal ones AND to top it all it is for the good of the People???

    or is it good for The Dynasty & Its Cronies…

    YOU the people of Singapore are DOOMED your every Fart and Shit is known including the arsehole hair that you cannot see but they can COUNT!!!

    2020…that is the DATELINE…the owl will do its JOB but the LEEgality must BE DESTROYED!!!

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  • Pressuring of Facebook:

    What is their objective in pressuring FB ?

    WILL FB STRIKE A DEAL TO ALLOW THEM TO OPERATE HERE IN EXCHANGE FOR COOPERATION and exchange of data?

    Obviously, fb is unlikely to exit sg and garment won’t be so silly as to kick them out because sg need to be open to foreigners.

    But why the pressuring ?

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