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K Shanmugam demands TikTok reveal identity of users who talked about him and Foo Mee Har adultery.

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Shanmugam seeks court order requiring TikTok to name users who posted 'false, baseless' claims of extramarital affair​

Shanmugam seeks court order requiring TikTok to name users who posted 'false, baseless' claims of extramarital affair

Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam speaks during the Online Harms Symposium. (File photo: CNA)

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  • Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam has launched a civil lawsuit against social media giant TikTok
  • He has filed three affidavits in support of an application for a court order requiring TikTok to identify three users who, he said, spread false allegations against him
  • These "false and baseless" allegations were about a purported extramarital affair with a Member of Parliament and statements allegedly made by Mr Shanmugam's ex-wife
  • In his affidavit, he said that TikTok had refused to provide basic information about the users unless a court order was obtained, even though they were in breach of TikTok's posting guidelines


Jasmine Ong
28 Nov 2023 09:19PM
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SINGAPORE: Social media giant TikTok is facing a civil lawsuit from Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam after it failed to assist Mr Shanmugam in identifying three users who had each allegedly uploaded a video spreading false allegations about him.
On Tuesday (Nov 28), TODAY obtained copies of three affidavits filed by Mr Shanmugam's lawyers from WongPartnership, which detailed the allegations that he has repeatedly dismissed as "false and baseless".

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The affidavits were filed in support of Mr Shanmugam's application for court orders requiring TikTok to produce documents and information that would help to identify the users involved.
The affidavits stated that TikTok had refused to provide Mr Shanmugam with the basic personal information of the three users unless a court order was obtained.
In a response to TODAY's queries, TikTok's lawyers at Rajah & Tann said that they were not able to provide any comment on the matter.
TODAY has also reached out to Mr Shanmugam's legal team for their response.

THE FALSE STATEMENTS​

On Aug 13 this year, a TikTok user with the username trusted.selller allegedly uploaded a video which contained two images with the caption "GIVE HIM A DEFAMATION SUIT SISTER #MINISTER #SG #VIRAL #EXWIFE".

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The images were of two screenshots, one of which appeared to be of a Facebook page that responded to the search term "k shanmugam ex wife" by displaying an image of Mr Shanmugam and his former wife.
The other was a screenshot of a forum post which contained allegations against Mr Shanmugam that were attributed to a "Former Mrs K Shanmugam".
Two days later on Aug 15, another TikTok user with the username tharakhussin purportedly uploaded a video containing an image of a Facebook post which featured an article published by celebscritic.com that included false and defamatory statements about Mr Shanmugam.
While the video did not directly link back to the article, it displayed the headline in full, highlighting Mr Shanmugam's alleged extramarital affair with Member of Parliament Foo Mee Har.

Also read:​


Shanmugam, Balakrishnan obtain court injunctions against Lee Hsien Yang over defamatory Ridout Road post

He has since commenced separate proceedings against celebcritics.com over the published article and on Sep 15, the State Courts declared that the article contained false statements about Mr Shanmugam, and the website was given a stop publication order.

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The third TikTok user referred to in Mr Shanmugam's affidavit went by the username thaddeusthomas81 and allegedly posted a video on Aug 17 which was purported to be about the minister with the caption: "Clarifications and a look at who is the wife and alleged mistress".
The video also contained an image, among others, of Ms Foo Mee Har with the words "alleged affair with MP Foo Mee Har".
In his affidavits, Mr Shanmugam states that he has never engaged in such an affair.
In an effort to clarify the false allegations, Mr Shanmugam took to Facebook where he said that the allegations attributed to his former wife were, in fact, written by an imposter.
Mr Shanmugam stated that his ex-wife had told him that she did not write them and that it was an imposter who made up the allegations.

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The minister also clarified that the allegations of his supposed affair with Ms Foo were "false and baseless".
His affidavits cited an Aug 18 Mothership article as well, that detailed the apologies made by two individuals who published similar allegations.

TIKTOK'S REFUSAL TO PROVIDE USER INFORMATION​

Following the discovery of the videos, Mr Shanmugam had engaged lawyers to ask TikTok to take immediate action to disable access to the videos.
The request also asked for TikTok to provide the three users' basic subscriber information.
However, TikTok responded in an email saying that they were unable to disclose the information in the absence of a court order or other legal requirement.
Even though TikTok did not provide assistance, Mr Shanmugam's lawyers were still able to try to reach out to two of these TikTok users through Facebook, requesting that they remove the videos and provide a written apology, but no response was received.

PROVISION OF USERS' INFORMATION 'NECESSARY'​

As Mr Shanmugam has been unable to ascertain the identity or address of the three TikTok users, he has been unable to commence legal proceedings directly against them.
In his affidavits, Mr Shanmugam stated that the request for the documents and information would help lead him to the users' identities and it is proportionate to require TikTok to produce them.
In using TikTok, the users have agreed not to publish any material that is deliberately designed to provoke or intended to harass, harm, hurt, distress, embarrass or upset people, but this was breached by the three users when they uploaded the videos, he said.
Additional reporting by Loraine Lee.
This article was originally published in TODAY.

Source: TODAY/wk(kg)

 

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If only he spent half the same effort on suing other people..,he would have been a far better kekling.
 

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Ridout, Foo Mee Har.....wow everybody like to spread lies about Shan ge..shang ge is whiter than white. ...oh wait a minute...
 

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Stamping your feet because it's not that easy to crush wrongthinkers on a platform outside the jurisdiction of this shithole regime. :wink:

Ironically, the more you react like this, the higher the chance that the rumours might not be just mere fabrication. It's like Xi Jinping sending security forces to shut down a bookstore in Hong Kong because there was a book about him having multiple mistresses. :biggrin:

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Shanmugam seeks court order requiring TikTok to name users who posted 'false, baseless' claims of extramarital affair​

Shanmugam seeks court order requiring TikTok to name users who posted 'false, baseless' claims of extramarital affair'false, baseless' claims of extramarital affair

Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam speaks during the Online Harms Symposium. (File photo: CNA)

Listen to this article
5 min
This audio is generated by an AI tool.
  • Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam has launched a civil lawsuit against social media giant TikTok
  • He has filed three affidavits in support of an application for a court order requiring TikTok to identify three users who, he said, spread false allegations against him
  • These "false and baseless" allegations were about a purported extramarital affair with a Member of Parliament and statements allegedly made by Mr Shanmugam's ex-wife
  • In his affidavit, he said that TikTok had refused to provide basic information about the users unless a court order was obtained, even though they were in breach of TikTok's posting guidelines


Jasmine Ong
28 Nov 2023 09:19PM
BookmarkShare

SINGAPORE: Social media giant TikTok is facing a civil lawsuit from Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam after it failed to assist Mr Shanmugam in identifying three users who had each allegedly uploaded a video spreading false allegations about him.
On Tuesday (Nov 28), TODAY obtained copies of three affidavits filed by Mr Shanmugam's lawyers from WongPartnership, which detailed the allegations that he has repeatedly dismissed as "false and baseless".

ADVERTISEMENT​



The affidavits were filed in support of Mr Shanmugam's application for court orders requiring TikTok to produce documents and information that would help to identify the users involved.
The affidavits stated that TikTok had refused to provide Mr Shanmugam with the basic personal information of the three users unless a court order was obtained.
In a response to TODAY's queries, TikTok's lawyers at Rajah & Tann said that they were not able to provide any comment on the matter.
TODAY has also reached out to Mr Shanmugam's legal team for their response.

THE FALSE STATEMENTS​

On Aug 13 this year, a TikTok user with the username trusted.selller allegedly uploaded a video which contained two images with the caption "GIVE HIM A DEFAMATION SUIT SISTER #MINISTER #SG #VIRAL #EXWIFE".

ADVERTISEMENT​


The images were of two screenshots, one of which appeared to be of a Facebook page that responded to the search term "k shanmugam ex wife" by displaying an image of Mr Shanmugam and his former wife.
The other was a screenshot of a forum post which contained allegations against Mr Shanmugam that were attributed to a "Former Mrs K Shanmugam".
Two days later on Aug 15, another TikTok user with the username tharakhussin purportedly uploaded a video containing an image of a Facebook post which featured an article published by celebscritic.com that included false and defamatory statements about Mr Shanmugam.
While the video did not directly link back to the article, it displayed the headline in full, highlighting Mr Shanmugam's alleged extramarital affair with Member of Parliament Foo Mee Har.

Also read:​


Shanmugam, Balakrishnan obtain court injunctions against Lee Hsien Yang over defamatory Ridout Road post

He has since commenced separate proceedings against celebcritics.com over the published article and on Sep 15, the State Courts declared that the article contained false statements about Mr Shanmugam, and the website was given a stop publication order.

ADVERTISEMENT​






The third TikTok user referred to in Mr Shanmugam's affidavit went by the username thaddeusthomas81 and allegedly posted a video on Aug 17 which was purported to be about the minister with the caption: "Clarifications and a look at who is the wife and alleged mistress".
The video also contained an image, among others, of Ms Foo Mee Har with the words "alleged affair with MP Foo Mee Har".
In his affidavits, Mr Shanmugam states that he has never engaged in such an affair.
In an effort to clarify the false allegations, Mr Shanmugam took to Facebook where he said that the allegations attributed to his former wife were, in fact, written by an imposter.
Mr Shanmugam stated that his ex-wife had told him that she did not write them and that it was an imposter who made up the allegations.

ADVERTISEMENT​


The minister also clarified that the allegations of his supposed affair with Ms Foo were "false and baseless".
His affidavits cited an Aug 18 Mothership article as well, that detailed the apologies made by two individuals who published similar allegations.

TIKTOK'S REFUSAL TO PROVIDE USER INFORMATION​

Following the discovery of the videos, Mr Shanmugam had engaged lawyers to ask TikTok to take immediate action to disable access to the videos.
The request also asked for TikTok to provide the three users' basic subscriber information.
However, TikTok responded in an email saying that they were unable to disclose the information in the absence of a court order or other legal requirement.
Even though TikTok did not provide assistance, Mr Shanmugam's lawyers were still able to try to reach out to two of these TikTok users through Facebook, requesting that they remove the videos and provide a written apology, but no response was received.

PROVISION OF USERS' INFORMATION 'NECESSARY'​

As Mr Shanmugam has been unable to ascertain the identity or address of the three TikTok users, he has been unable to commence legal proceedings directly against them.
In his affidavits, Mr Shanmugam stated that the request for the documents and information would help lead him to the users' identities and it is proportionate to require TikTok to produce them.
In using TikTok, the users have agreed not to publish any material that is deliberately designed to provoke or intended to harass, harm, hurt, distress, embarrass or upset people, but this was breached by the three users when they uploaded the videos, he said.
Additional reporting by Loraine Lee.
This article was originally published in TODAY.

Source: TODAY/wk(kg)


The good Minister Shan has the best bayi lawyer in his corner. Samsters who spread lies about the good Minister Shan and the virtuous MP Foo Mee Har are gonna be so fucked!
 

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The good Minister Shan has the best bayi lawyer in his corner. Samsters who spread lies about the good Minister Shan and the virtuous MP Foo Mee Har are gonna be so fucked!
y he sues but that foo woman never take action? means what?
 
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