Technology companies said yesterday they will work with the Government on the implementation of a new fake news law, despite their concerns about Cabinet ministers’ powers to order corrections and take-downs of social media posts and the legislation’s impact on the digital media sector. Twitter highlighted the new Codes of Practice which tech companies must adhere to under the law, to prevent their platforms from being used to spread online falsehoods. Its spokesman said it hopes the Government will take into account the issues it raised during consultation, and that its recommendations would be reflected in the Codes of Practice, particularly the “implications for freedom of expression and the potential for regulatory overreach”. “While the full extent of the law has yet to be revealed, we hope the concerns carefully articulated by academics, journalists and civil society groups in Singapore and around the world in recent weeks will be addressed appropriately,” he added. The comments came a day after Parliament passed the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill on Wednesday. The Codes of Practice, which are being developed by the Government in consultation with Internet intermediaries like social media platforms, require the companies to have reasonable verification measures to… Read full this story
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