Singapore’s authorities launched a invoice in parliament on Monday to forestall what it referred to as international interference in home politics, which proposes empowering authorities to difficulty take-down orders in opposition to “hostile data campaigns”.
The Overseas Interference (Countermeasures) Invoice targets content material that “may cause rapid and vital hurt in Singapore, reminiscent of inciting violence or inflicting hostility between teams”, the house ministry stated.If social media firms did not adjust to requests, Web service suppliers could also be ordered to dam dangerous content material regionally. The invoice additionally proposes blocking downloads of purposes used to unfold such content material.
“We now have additionally seen many situations lately the place social media and communications applied sciences had been utilized by entities to mount HICs in opposition to different nations,” the ministry stated, referring to hostile data campaigns.
It described these as “covert, coordinated and complex” actions with goals like manipulating public opinion, subverting democratic establishments, polarising society, or influencing election outcomes.The ministry stated the legislation wouldn’t apply to Singaporeans expressing political opinions, except they had been brokers of a international entity.
Neither wouldn’t it apply to international people or international publications “reporting or commenting on Singapore politics, in an open, clear and attributable method”, even when important of Singapore or its authorities.The invoice follows the introduction in 2019 of a far-reaching pretend information legislation that rights teams warned may harm freedom of expression.
That legislation permits authorities to difficulty orders to appropriate what they see as false statements. The federal government says reputable criticism and free speech are unaffected.
Greater than 70 such orders have been issued, together with to social media giants like Facebook and Twitter, requiring them to present correction notices to Singapore customers.
Alphabet’s Google informed Reuters it was wanting carefully at what the newest invoice would imply for its services in Singapore, including it stays dedicated to defending customers and the integrity of its platforms, together with by combating “coordinated affect operations”.