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Google takes down blog with xenophobic content

Nurdianah Md Nur | June 20, 2014
The blog, Blood Stained Singapore, was said to host hate-filled content targeting Filipinos in Singapore.

Google has taken down the blog called Blood Stained Singapore on Wednesday (18 June2014) for hosting content that expressed hatred towards Filipinos in Singapore. The move comes a day after the Philippines Embassy in Singapore asked the republic's government to hold the blogger accountable. 

Responding to the Singapore daily Today's query on why the blog was removed, Google said that the blog went against its content policy. According to the policy, bloggers should not publish "content that promotes hate or violence towards groups based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status or sexual orientation/gender identity."

The offending post was said to have contained pointers on how Singaporeans can show their displeasure with Filipinos. One of the suggestions included refusing to be served by Filipino waitresses at restaurants.

The post was widely shared on social media sites, with many people flagging it as offensive and racist, according to Today.

In a statement posted on its website, the Philippines Embassy said that it believes that the views of the blogger are not reflective of the general beliefs of Singaporeans. It also advised Filipinos to exercise restraint in responding to the blogger.  

Police reports have been lodged over the blog post and the Singapore police is currently investigating the case, reported Today.

In a Facebook post today (20 June 2014), Singapore's Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin lauded Google's decision to remove the Blood Stained Singapore blog. "Vile and vicious blogs like this do not reflect who we are as a people and we should make a stand and call it out when we see it," he said. 


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