ST EDITORIAL – Dealing with cancer of fake news
The Select Committee set up to look into ways Singapore can tackle online fake news has invited the public to submit its views and suggestions on the matter.
This move represents an important opportunity for Singaporeans to make their voices heard on an issue that affects them.
At the end of the day, they will be the main victims if fake news destabilises the political system, shakes markets and sparks riots.
They will also lose if excessive controls inhibit the growth of legitimate news and fair commentary.
Hence the need for a measured approach.
Governments are faced with the challenge of striking a balance between public access to information, and ensuring that fake news does not infiltrate a space of communication that is crucial to the proper functioning of State, market and society.
The stakes are high.
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