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Select Committee on deliberate online falsehoods: Hearings underway
PUBLISHED ON 14 Mar 2018
The Select Committee on deliberate online falsehoods has started its hearing in Parliament today.

The hearings will take place for eight days, over the next three weeks, starting today, 14 March 2018. Some sessions will also be held in private as they concern matters of national security and international relations.

Chaired by Deputy Speaker of Parliament Charles Chong, the ten-member committee comprises seven other PAP Members of Parliament - Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam, Social and Family Development Minister and Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee, Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and Education Dr Janil Puthucheary, Seah Kian Peng, Rahayu Mahzam, Sun Xueling and Edwin Tong; one Workers’ Party MP - Pritam Singh and one Nominated MP - Chia Yong Yong.

The hearings will take place at Parliament and are open to members of the public.

The motion to create the Select Committee was supported by all members of the House and 79 individuals including foreign and local experts on digital technology, disinformation, national security, legal issues; technology companies; telcos; media organisations; alternative media; commentators and members of the civil society; media literacy groups and community groups.
 
A total of 164 written presentations, the highest ever for a select committee, have been received. The response from the public is an indication of the importance of issue and the commitment to consult widely.
 
The committee will examine and report on:
  • The phenomenon of using digital technology to deliberately spread falsehoods online
  • The motivations and reasons for the spreading of such falsehoods, and the parties engaging in such activities
  • The consequences that the spread of online falsehoods can have on Singapore, including its institutions and democratic processes
  • How Singapore can prevent and combat online falsehoods:
    • The principles that should guide the response and
    • Any specific measures, including legislation, that should be taken
Minister for Law and Home Affairs Mr K Shanmugam, had earlier at an event of 13 March, said he hoped the hearings would give people a better understanding of the issues Singapore and the rest of the world face when it comes to online falsehoods.

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