Google bans political ads in Singapore

Last Updated: Dec 05 2019 18:02
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Google has put a ban on political ads in Singapore which has sparked outrage, ahead of a widely expected election.

Google said that it would no longer accept political ads as of 2 December, as they are regulated under a new "fake news" law in the city-state.

But an opposition political party said the move would "deprive" Singapore voters of information.

It said it was "highly dependent on social media and the internet" to reach would-be voters.

Singapore's local media environment is highly controlled, with state-linked media outlets dominating the scene.

The Singapore Democratic Party said this control meant the internet and social media were one of the few ways it could reach possible voters.