Govt reviews how to tackle fake news

The Government is taking a serious look at how to tackle the worrying trend of fake news, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam told Parliament.
The Government is taking a serious look at how to tackle the worrying trend of fake news, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam told Parliament. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

The Government is taking a serious look at how to tackle the worrying trend of fake news, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam told Parliament yesterday. It will announce a position once it has completed its review, he added.

Germany is considering a draft law to require social networks to remove fake news from their platforms, with stiff fines for those that fail to comply, amid concerns at attempts to sway its upcoming elections.

Britain has also launched a probe on fake news, which commentators say influenced last year's Brexit vote.

Fake news has been a problem in Singapore, but has not had as much impact yet, the minister noted. But there is a risk it can be used as a weapon by foreign agencies and foreign countries.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 04, 2017, with the headline 'Govt reviews how to tackle fake news'. Print Edition | Subscribe