Singapore developing new strategies to fight fake news
When Singapore's dispute with Malaysia over maritime and airspace issues late last year was top news, there was a "curious" spike in online comments critical of the Republic on social media, said Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong.
These posts were made using what were essentially anonymous accounts, Mr. Tong said in Parliament yesterday. He added that on the issue of traffic jams at land checkpoints, these "avatar accounts", which have profile photos that do not show the user's face, account for about 40 percent of comments on the alternative media's social media pages.
This shows how foreign actors can interfere in Singapore's politics through online campaigns and false information, he said. Steps are being taken to update the laws to counter such threats, he added. [read more]
Source: Adrian Lim - The New Paper
Singapore laws to be updated to fight fake news and cyber hacking