Shanmugam Singles Out “Fake News” Websites, Says Gahmen “Seriously Considering” Tougher Laws to Fix Fake News

It is an offence under the Telecommunications Act to transmit a message knowing it is false.

But that apparently isn’t enough for the government in its quest to clamp down on the spread of fake news.

Speaking in parliament today, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said the government is “seriously considering” how to combat fake news as present laws are limited in tackling this issue.

He said that more will be disclosed after a review is completed.

Singling out websites such as the States Times Review, All Singapore Stuff, and the now-defunct The Real Singapore as peddlers of fake news, Mr Shanmugam said that “Hoaxes like these can have serious real world consequences, if not quickly corrected.”

“They can cause harm to innocent Singaporeans; they can cause unnecessary alarm to the public; emergency resources may be diverted from legitimate emergencies and the reputation of honest Singapore businesses may be unfairly damaged.”

Mr Shanmugam added said that the Government is not concerned with “trivial, factual inaccuracies, but with falsehoods that can cause real harm.”



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