TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - A Singapore parliamentary committee said on Thursday the government should consider legislation to ensure technology companies rein in online fake news and that those responsible are punished.
were needed as companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter “have a policy of generally not acting against” content known to be false.
“I think there is increasing recognition on all sides that there has to be responsibility on the part of tech companies and that governments have to intervene to ensure that responsibility,” Law Minister K. Shanmugam, a member of the panel, told reporters.
He said the government’s response to the recommendations had to be “urgent and serious”.
The ministries of law and of communications said in a statement the government accepted the recommendations in principle and it would work with stakeholders to adopt legislative and non-legislative measures in the next few months.
It did not elaborate on what those measures would involve.