Medical News Singapore’s ban on fake news sets a dangerous precedent


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As tempting as it sounds, Singapore’s initiative to curb online misinformation could stop public-interest journalism and stifle academic discourse, says Donna Lu


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29 May 2019

Josie FordBy Donna Lu
HOW do you fight fake news? You could impose more stringent regulation on big tech companies, as the European Union has attempted to do, or even break them up, as US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has demanded. You might roll out awareness campaigns, or make tech companies hire more fact checkers, as Facebook has been doing. Or, if you are Singapore, you could just ban it.
On 8 May, the country’s parliament passed the “Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill”. The law requires individuals and social media platforms to take down, or …

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