Select Committee on fake news: Possible recommendations

New law key to fighting viral online falsehoods

Current criminal, judicial and executive levers run up against limitations - of scope, speed and adaptability, says law dean


The issue of legislation was mentioned every day of the eight-day Select Committee hearings, and it is most likely a new law will be among recommendations to counter deliberate online falsehoods.

Several committee members, such as Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam, MP Edwin Tong and Nominated MP Chia Yong Yong said several times that they personally felt new legislation was necessary.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 01, 2018, with the headline 'New law key to fighting viral online falsehoods'. Print Edition | Subscribe