Blood Stained Singapore, a Singapore-based blog hosted by Blogger, has been removed by Google on Wednesday, June 18 for having allegedly violated its content policy. The blog is said to have posted a hate-filled content pointing out Filipinos living in Singapore.
Google explains why the blog was removed reiterating that “bloggers should not cross the line by publishing hate speech … content that promotes hate or violence towards groups based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status or sexual orientation/gender identity”.
The blog’s removal was made a day after the Philippine Embassy in Singapore posted a statement on its website that it had asked the Republic’s Government to hold the blogger accountable. Even so, the embassy said in a statement that it believes the views of the blogger do not reflect the general beliefs of people in Singapore. It also advised Filipinos to “not to stoop to the level of the blogger” by responding in kind, as the blogger “clearly intends to create friction”.
This incident happened some weeks after a group of Filipinos were supposed to celebrate Philippines Independence Day in front of Ngee Ann City in Orchard Road, of which some Singaporeans expressed their displeasure about the plan. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Facebook that Singaporeans “must treat people in Singapore the way we ourselves expect to be treated overseas”.
For this incident, Mr Baey Yam Keng, Member of Parliament for Tampines visited some Filipino family and said, “they did not seem to be too affected” and “were quite cool” about the blog post”. “I think Filipino and other foreign families who have been here for several years know that the Singapore community is not like this and that the post does not resonate with Singaporeans”, he added.