SINGAPORE: While critics remain concerned about the impact Singapore’s anti-fake news law, ‘the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill’ will have on free speech, their Malaysian neighbours over the causeway remain cautiously optimistic.
“Giving the government sweeping powers to fine media portals and social media account owners may seem heavy handed, but in some instances it could help save Singaporeans from misinformation,” explained online falsehood castigation analyst, Abdullah bin Bakar,
“Malaysians firmly agree the Singaporean govt should have the power to stop travel blogs spreading untruths about the origin of a certain shaved ice dessert.”
“It will also be interesting to see if these new laws will apply to a misleading campaign to ’chope’ hawker culture through a Unesco listing. With the island state behind the bid, will Singapore use its fake news bill to charge itself?”