Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill: A more calibrated approach

The Government introduced the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill in Parliament on April 1 this year. The Bill's express objective is, among other things, to "prevent the electronic communication in Singapore of false statements of fact" and to "suppress support for and counteract the effects of such communication".

The Bill has sparked some debate and discussion among segments of Singapore society. While there is broad consensus on the urgent need for legislative measures to combat so-called "fake news", there appears to be some unease about specific provisions in the Bill.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 01, 2019, with the headline 'A more calibrated approach'. Print Edition | Subscribe