Singapore has mooted new laws that will arm the government with the ability to issue directives to various platforms, including social media and websites, to remove or block access to content deemed part of hostile information campaigns. The proposed Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill aims to detect and prevent foreign interference in local politics, conducted through such campaigns and the use of local proxies.
The country’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday unveiled details of the proposed bill in parliament, describing foreign interference as a serious threat to its political sovereignty and national security.
“During a hostile information campaign, hostile foreign actors can seek to mislead Singaporeans on political issues, stir up dissent and disharmony by playing up controversial issues such as race and religion, or seek to undermine confidence and trust in public institutions,” the ministry said in a statement.
It noted that online comments critical of Singapore saw “abnormal” spikes
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