96% of Singaporeans oppose the passing of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulations (POFMA) a.k.a the “Fake News Law”.
This was according to an online survey conducted by Wake Up Singapore in reaction to the parliamentary debate surrounding the bill.
Under POFMA, individuals who are found guilty of disseminating fake news online can be fined up to S$100,000 and face a jail term of up to 10 years.
Clause 61 gives ministers the power to exempt any person or class of persons from all provisions from the law. POFMA also gives ministers the power to decide what is fake news and whether an online post merits a take-down notice.
Meanwhile, Wake Up Singapore asked the public “PAP MP Edwin Tong said that the “overwhelming majority of Singaporeans support strong laws against fake news”. Do YOU support the proposed fake news law?
The votes were overwhelmingly in favor of ‘NO’ with over 1,800 votes to 82 ‘YES’ votes