《中英對照讀新聞》Singapore passes controversial fake news law－新加坡通過爭議的假新聞法
Singapore has passed a controversial anti-fake news law that gives authorities sweeping powers to police online platforms and private chat groups.
The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation bill was passed by lawmakers on Wednesday and will come into force in the next few weeks. The government can now order platforms to remove what it deems to be false statements that are "against the public interest", and to post corrections.
A person found guilty of doing this in Singapore could be fined heavily and/or jailed for up to five years. It also bans the use of fake accounts or bots to spread fake news - this carries penalties of up to S$1m and a jail term of up to 10 years.
But critics say it poses a serious threat to civil liberties. One main criticism is that the law is phrased too broadly and gives ministers too much power to decide what is true or false.