Faaez Samadi
Apr 2, 2019

Tech platforms wary over proposed new Singapore law tackling fake news

Coalition of tech brands says it’s “deeply disappointed” over bill calling for up to S$1 million fines for social networks.

The big tech platforms are expressing concern over the Singapore’s proposed Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill, tabled in parliament yesterday.

Among other things, the bill calls for fines of up to S$1 million about US$738,000 for platforms that do not take down so-called “deliberate online falsehoods” quickly enough or display official corrections. It also makes tech platforms responsible for taking down accounts spreading online falsehoods, including fake bot-driven accounts, and for blocking...

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