Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, is concerned that in most cases people cannot distinguish false news and real ones. He said it during an interview with The Stratis Times.
“We must set an appropriate boundary that would allow us to protect free speech and allow people to exchange information, thoughts and opinions in a meaningful way,” he stated.
Prime Minister Lee also noted that not only Singapore, but other countries are also facing the problem of fake news. As an example, he referred to Germany, which had already adopted laws to solve this problem.
Recall, on April 1, 2019, the government submitted a Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill which implies a criminal penalty of imprisonment or a fine. According to the Prime Minister, the proposed standards will not eliminate all fake news, but they will be able to reduce their influence.
Moreover, in his opinion, other states can also intervene and distribute fake news in the territory of his state.
“I don’t know which other countries might want to participate in our politics, but we do know that we are a very open country”.
Today there are many sources of misinformation that are misleading the community, and, therefore, special attention needs to be paid to verifying the source. As an example, Lee spoke about a website that uses his photos and name to promote investments in Bitcoin.
He also noted that with new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, new problems will arise.
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