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Lack of unified understanding on fake news, say experts

What can be considered satire, how broadly one defines fake news are factors, they say

By now, it should be very clear that satire will not fall foul of a new law to tackle falsehoods after Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam reiterated this point last Friday.

But whether satire can be a form of "fake news" - as a widely slammed Media Literacy Council (MLC) Facebook post suggested - is less settled, reflecting the need for a unified understanding, say analysts.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2019, with the headline 'Lack of unified understanding on fake news, say experts'. Subscribe