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Reach's anti-trolling move: Postings 'may dip, then rise'

Safe online forum will spur participation: Amy Khor

Published on Dec 7, 2013 9:09 AM

The Government's feedback arm, Reach, expects fewer online comments initially when a new rule kicks in on Thursday, requiring people to log in first with their Facebook accounts.

But it is hopeful that, eventually, more people will give their views, its chairman Amy Khor told The Straits Times. "Over time, as users recognise that we provide a safe online forum for robust, open and healthy conversations on national issues and that we do not curtail any views, we think more will come to join the discussion," said Dr Khor, who is also the Senior Minister of State for Health and Manpower.

Her remarks on the possible impact of its new policy come two weeks after the move was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a speech urging Singaporeans to fight back against the global phenomenon of trolling, in which people post offensive or provocative messages to upset or anger others.

Blaming online anonymity for encouraging trolling, Mr Lee called on other websites that desire constructive discussions to follow in Reach's footsteps.

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