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Singapore, which prides itself on being a haven for law and order, is being called a haven for pirating copyrighted programming by entertainment titans such as Walt Disney, HBO, the National Basketball Association and the English Premier League.
A Singapore parliamentary committee said on Sept 20 the government should consider legislation to ensure technology companies rein in online fake news and that those responsible are punished.
A Singapore lawmaker hit out at Facebook on Nov 20, saying it had reneged on a promise to help rein in fake news and calling for tougher regulations, which the social media firm has cautioned against.
Singapore submitted wide-ranging fake news legislation in parliament on April 1, stoking fears from Internet firms and human rights groups that it may give the government too much power and hinder freedom of speech.
Singapore’s parliament on May 8 passed laws to combat “fake news” that will allow authorities to order the removal of online content despite fierce criticism from tech giants and rights groups.
The leader of a new opposition party in Singapore is worried the government may use a recently passed law aimed at blocking fake news to muzzle the group ahead of general elections expected by early 2021.
From online stalking to revenge porn, cases of digital sexual violence have spiked sharply in Singapore, women's rights campaigners warned on Nov 25 as they called for reforms to clamp down on the emerging form of crime.
The Singaporean government on Nov 29 again invoked its recently enacted "fake news” law, this time ordering Facebook Inc to publish a correction notice on a post made by an anti-government blog.
Singaporean diplomats are taking the lead in defending a two-month-old fake news law.