“Fake News” is a term that needs to be thoroughly reviewed/discussed. Some people have no idea what fake news is when they attempt to legislate against fake news.

November 2, 2018

My comment [posted on 30 Oct 2018 in theonlinecitizen website under article captioned: “Lack of clarity in what constitutes fake news is a scary path on which to embark.”

My comment:
“…a statement “ is false when the facts as asserted do not correspond with the facts as they exist.”

This sounds logical and I don’t think anyone who is not irrational is going to reject it.

Bur what is “fake news” is a different ballgame. Is this govt savvy as to what “fake news” is?

Has this govt been guilty of passing on fake news, say, in the last 20 years? I suppose, the answer is: Definitely; research the articles published in this forum and elsewhere and one cannot miss out the fake news that has been the hallmark of this govt.

The Senior Minister of State for Law [Edwin Tong] has to come up with a definition covering fake news, for discussion with the general public, and only when such a definition is considered reasonable, for purpose of consensus, can the govt proceed with regulations for “combating online falsehoods.”

Singapore was founded by the British govt and British govt archives would be able to produce loads of evidence to prove this. If anyone thinks that LKY and his colleagues at the time – Goh Keng Swee, S Rajaratnam, E W Barker, Hon Sui Sen, etc – were/are the founders or founding fathers of Singapore, then it is clear they are out of touch with history; they can be labeled as purveyors of fake news if they persist in holding to such a viewpoint; because it is blatantly false, does not correspond with existing historical facts. And one historical fact that is undeniably beyond dispute is this: Singapore was already a thriving entrepot long before LKY and his colleagues were born. Singapore became a crown colony under direct British control on 1 April 1867.

Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong (Tong) has, in an interview with TODAY, reaffirmed the government’s commitment to “combat online falsehoods” by suppressing their operations to prevent such “fake news “from circulating. While I understand that the perpetuation of genuine lies can have sev…