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Give more bite to S'pore's online safety rules

The new rules rightly take aim at recommendation algorithms targeting children. But those related to age verification, content takedown timeframe and private messaging are glaringly absent.

Three key areas are glaringly absent from Singapore's slate of new rules, says the writer. PHOTO: ST FILE
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On Monday, Singapore tabled a new Bill that makes social media platforms liable if they fail to protect local users from a range of online harms, placing the Republic among front runners regulating a space that has so far been self-supervised.

Singapore's Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, a new addition to the Broadcasting Act, empowers the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to issue orders to block a service or take down egregious content including posts advocating suicide, child sexual exploitation, hate and terrorism.

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