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Extreme positions surface on tackling falsehoods

Yesterday's parliamentary Select Committee session was the longest since hearings started two weeks ago, stretching from 10am to 9pm and reflecting the degree to which some disagree with the introduction of any new laws to counter deliberate online falsehoods.

Even, it emerged, if the laws are designed to deal with falsehoods that are factually false and deliberately spread for nefarious means.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2018, with the headline 'Extreme positions surface on tackling falsehoods'. Print Edition | Subscribe