Singapore to legislate to crack down on online fake news – PM

Singapore to legislate to crack down on online fake news – PM

Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:23 am


Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

A new bill will be proposed to Singapore’s parliament to require online news sites to publish corrections or warnings on fake news to remove such articles in extreme cases, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said.

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill will give the government the power to hold online news sources and platforms accountable if they proliferate deliberate falsehoods, Lee said on Friday.

“This includes requiring them to show corrections or display warnings about online falsehoods, so that readers or viewers can see all sides, and make up their own minds about the matter.’’

“In extreme and urgent cases, the legislation will also require online news sources to take down fake news before irreparable damage is done,’’ he said in a speech on the changing media landscape at an anniversary celebration. (Xinhua/NAN)

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