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Singapore set to tackle fake news with new law

Government intervention is necessary, parliamentary committee concludes

Amid the growing presence of digital technology such as social media, the committee report says that the government should have the power to "swiftly disrupt the spread and influence" of fake news.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore is set to create legislation to combat what it calls online falsehoods, or fake news. The new rules could cause public concerns of being used by the government to suppress free speech. 

The parliamentary select committee, a 10-member group formed earlier this year to examine the impact of fake news on the country, on Thursday announced that it had concluded the government needs measures, including legislation, to combat online falsehoods.

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