Select Committee hearings on fake news - FromTheGallery

Of personal choice and govt's role

Protect people from falsehoods or let them face the risks - experts weigh in on question

Is it the Government's duty to save or protect people from themselves? Or should people make their own choices - damn the consequences?

This age-old question bubbled under the surface of discussions at the Select Committee's hearings yesterday as speakers discussed how Singapore should move to counter the problem of online falsehoods.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2018, with the headline 'Of personal choice and govt's role'. Print Edition | Subscribe