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Develop ways to keep online conduct civil, constructive: PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says trolling and flaming are not unique to Singapore, and other societies are still finding the right balance between freedom of speech and responsible online behaviour.

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore needs to develop its own ways to keep online conduct civil and constructive.

Sharing a Facebook post from Communications and Information Minister, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim on Tuesday (June 3), Mr Lee said trolling and flaming are not problems unique to Singapore. He cited a court ruling in Europe, where freedom of speech is considered a near-sacred virtue.

"Recently, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that when a website publishes a controversial story that may attract defamatory or insulting comments, the website must anticipate this trolling and flaming, and be ready beforehand to remove these comments promptly".

Mr Lee said the case reflects how societies are still finding the right balance between freedom of speech and responsible online behaviour.

He agrees with Dr Yaacob that "freedom of speech does not come free from the need to be responsible for what one says, either online or offline".
 

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