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Singapore's controversial 'fake news' law comes into effect

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Bloomberg10/2/2019 11:02 AM GMT+08  • 2 min read
Singapore's controversial 'fake news' law comes into effect
SINGAPORE (Oct 2): A controversial “fake news” law in Singapore that critics worry will be used by authorities to clamp down on free speech took effect on Wednesday, according to the country’s government gazette.
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SINGAPORE (Oct 2): A controversial “fake news” law in Singapore that critics worry will be used by authorities to clamp down on free speech took effect on Wednesday, according to the country’s government gazette.

The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act 2019 would allow government ministers to be able to order a correction to be carried alongside a false or misleading claim, and material not in the public interest to be taken down.

As an aspiring regional hub for technology firms -- Facebook Inc. and Google have large offices -- Singapore is just one of many nations grappling with how to respond to propaganda and false information online. With general elections just around the corner in the city-state, the leader of a new opposition party worries the law could be used to muzzle dissent, though ministers have said legislation is needed to deal with the spread of misinformation that could undermine free speech.

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