29 March 2019
Singapore students are being taught to spot and recognize fake news online, and avoid sharing it, or better still, warn others about it.
The current laws on fake news form part of the curriculum in Junior Colleges.
Students are taught information literacy and cyber wellness in schools, and the National Library Board provides tips on such issues for the general population.
The Straits Times has also organized workshops for students on the subject.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently announced that a proposed law will soon require online news sites to publish corrections or warnings on fake news, or even remove such articles in extreme cases.
These changes to tackle the spread of fake news are part of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill, which will be introduced in Parliament soon.
The new Bill will give the Government the power to hold online news sources and platforms accountable if they proliferate deliberate falsehoods, Mr Lee said.