Dribs and drabs of fake news can turn entire society against authority

Recent use of the anti-fake news law is necessary to nip public misinformation in the bud, as the case of the Hong Kong police force shows

At least four salvos have been fired to shoot down misinformation since Singapore's anti-fake news law came into force barely three months ago. Not surprisingly, critics have weighed in on the use of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma), accusing the Singapore Government of trying to use a draconian law to curtail the freedom of speech.

Rather than be discouraged by such criticism, the Singapore authorities should be applauded for their courageous and swift action to stop the effect of misinformation from seeping into the roots of the communities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 04, 2020, with the headline 'Dribs and drabs of fake news can turn entire society against authority'. Print Edition | Subscribe