Code of practice for display of political content

Social networking sites, search engines and digital advertising firms will have to take extra steps to ensure their platforms are not being abused by those who want to influence Singapore's politics, under a draft law designed to combat online falsehoods.

A legally binding code of practice under the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill will require these firms to perform specified due diligence measures before entering into an agreement to display paid content "directed towards a political end". They will also have to declare such paid content and those behind it.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 07, 2019, with the headline 'Code of practice for display of political content'. Print Edition | Subscribe