Singapore latest to join Asian push against fake news

Free speech advocates and global tech leaders fear chilling effect.

Singapore has joined a growing campaign in Asia to crack down on fake or misleading information on the internet, prompting concerns that government-led efforts could infringe on the already limited freedom of speech in the city-state.

A sweeping bill submitted to parliament on Monday would remove or force corrections to online information considered inaccurate by government monitors. In addition to individuals and businesses responsible for the information, platform operators such as Facebook and Yahoo would be required to take action to limit the viewing of such content.

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