To Curb Fake News, India May Follow Singapore Model

Written by Harshad Patankar

With the large exposure to the social media; spreading the Fake news is a not difficult task for anyone. But these fake news will lead to some serious incidents which can not be undone. To curb these fake news and advertising on social media and internet platforms lawmakers in Singapore have proposed stringent legislation.

Law to Curb Fake News

The move may spur India to introduce similar regulations. 

Government is thinking of bringing a new legislation that would encourage social media platforms to demand greater transparency and accountability in the flow of content and would ensure that perpetrators of falsehoods are punished, for this a parliamentary committee formed to deliberate fake news and its causes, consequences and countermeasures recommended to the Singapore government last month.

The new law, it said, should take into account the responsibility of different stakeholders in the digital advertising ecosystem.

“Technology companies have a social responsibility to contribute to a clean internet information ecosystem,” the report said. “In such an ecosystem, users will be made properly aware of the sources behind the information they are exposed to; additionally, accurate and reliable information is prioritised, while false and harmful information cannot thrive.” 

Information and broadcasting minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said on Tuesday the government is looking at ways to curb the spread of fake news and will ensure that such restrictions are minimal and don’t breach people’s privacy. 

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INDIAN Addition
There were some steps taken by the Indian government to curb the WhatsApp rumours by pressurising, WhatsApp, the messaging service owned by Facebook, which has now appointed a grievance officer for the country and detailed out the process for users to flag concerns and complaints, including those around fake news.

Although WhatsApp had rejected India’s demand for a solution to track the origin of messages on its platform, saying building traceability would undermine end-to-end encryption and affect privacy protection for users.

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The committee in Singapore said the objectives are to increase the visibility of corrections, limit or block exposure and disrupt the digital amplification of online falsehoods, including through the use of inauthentic accounts and digital advertising tools. 

“The Committee is supportive of measures to ensure deterrence and accountability of perpetrators of deliberate online falsehoods. This includes ensuring that digital advertising platforms or digital advertisers are not supporting purveyors of online falsehoods; and imposing punitive measures on the perpetrators of deliberate online falsehoods,” the report said. 

The committee said criminal sanctions should be imposed only on perpetrators of deliberate online falsehoods.

Lets hope for the best and see how this progresses, we’ll update you on this as development happens.

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Harshad Patankar

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