SINGAPORE: While telcos Singtel and StarHub said they oppose imposing new laws on network service providers (NSPs) to combat fake news, they wanted more legislation to cover tech companies like Facebook and Twitter. The telcos said the Government has already implemented laws like the Broadcasting Act that enable authorities to order the taking down or blocking of certain material, but the same cannot be said for social media platforms. "An extension of such similar Governmental and/or court powers may be necessary against unlicensed or foreign digital platform owners such as Facebook, Twitter and Google," Singtel said in its written representation to the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods (DOFs). “We've publicly said there needs to be a level playing field between operators in Singapore and those outside of Singapore who provide services to Singaporeans,” StarHub regulatory head Tim Goodchild said when he appeared before the Select Committee on Thursday (Mar 22), referring to legislation. The committee is studying how Singapore can prevent and combat deliberate online falsehoods, including implementing specific measures like legislation. Furthermore, the telcos said they do not have the means to remove DOFs that spread on social media. “DOFs tend to propagate on social media websites so when an order is given (that) relates to a… Read full this story
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