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Select Committee formed to counter fake news
PUBLISHED ON 11 Jan 2018
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Mr Charles Chong has announced the composition of the select committee, which will recommend how Singapore should tackle fake news. 
This committee was formed after yesterday's three-hour long Parliament debate where Members of Parliament raised concerns against the rise of fake news and the information available online. Mr Chong said the committee will examine and report on causes and consequences of online falsehoods, and will also work to propose counter-measures.
 
The members of the committee are: Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam; Social and Family Development Minister Desmond Lee; Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and for Education Dr Janil Puthucheary MPs Seah Kian Peng (Marine Parade GRC); Ms Rahayu Mahzam (Jurong GRC); Ms Sun Xueling (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) and Mr Edwin Tong (Marine Parade GRC); Pritam Singh (Aljunied GRC) and Nominated MP Chia Yong Yong. The committee will be chaired by Mr Chong, who is also MP for Punggol East SMC.
 
Mr Chong added, "(The issue of fake news) is quite an urgent problem in terms of what is going on in the rest of the world. Listening to the debate yesterday, (we felt that) while we want to (come up with recommendations) expeditiously, we also want to do a thorough job."
 
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote in a Facebook post, urging Singaporeans to step forward and share their views with the committee. He wrote, "Fake news became a talking point last year. But it has affected livelihoods and divided societies for far longer. The difference now is fake news can spread in a matter of hours on social media or text messaging. Singapore, highly connected and wired up, is especially vulnerable. Everyone needs to be part of the solution by checking that story, before you click the Forward button!"

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