Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

Google criticized anti-hoax law that just enacted by Singaporean government


IllustrationIllustration - Google criticized the anti-Hoax law which was recently approved by the Singaporean parliament, and called it could disrupt the growth of innovation. Even though according to Google, innovation is an aspect that is being maintained by the Singapore government to expand their technology industry, as quoted by Reuters on Thursday, May 9th 2019.

On Wednesday, May 8th 2019, the Singapore parliament passed a law called Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill. This law was criticized by Google, along with some human rights groups, journalists and other technology companies, because it was considered to disrupt freedom of speech.

The emergence of this law is contrary to their efforts to make their country the center for digital innovation for countries in the region. Likewise, with Google's attitude that called the anti-hoax law could disrupt Singapore's plan to boost digital innovation.

"We are worried that this law could disrupt innovation and the growth of the digital information ecosystem. However, despite the implementation of the Act, we remain committed to working with policy makers in this process" said a Google spokesman.

The problem with Google and some parties is the rule that requires online media platforms to immediately correct or delete content that is considered a hoax by the government. If you refuse to comply with the rules, the company can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, or a fine of SGD 1 million.

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