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K Shanmugam on Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill

The Home Affairs Minister may have the power to take down social media content that is deemed a foreign attempt to influence domestic politics, under a proposed law to counter foreign interference. Highlighting the need for such a law and addressing calls to amend and delay its passage in Parliament on Monday (Oct 4), Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said the issue has been discussed extensively amid rising global cyberattacks and hostile information campaigns. The new law will have the powers to address global online threats if certain thresholds are met, said Mr Shanmugam. He said the Bill is a calibrated piece of legislation that enables Singapore to act "surgically" against foreign interference and threats. "The Bill represents the best balance that we can find between dealing with the risks and providing checks against abuse," he said.

K Shanmugam on Foreign Interference (Countermeasures) Bill

04 Oct 2021 12:48pm

The Home Affairs Minister may have the power to take down social media content that is deemed a foreign attempt to influence domestic politics, under a proposed law to counter foreign interference. Highlighting the need for such a law and addressing calls to amend and delay its passage in Parliament on Monday (Oct 4), Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said the issue has been discussed extensively amid rising global cyberattacks and hostile information campaigns. The new law will have the powers to address global online threats if certain thresholds are met, said Mr Shanmugam. He said the Bill is a calibrated piece of legislation that enables Singapore to act "surgically" against foreign interference and threats. "The Bill represents the best balance that we can find between dealing with the risks and providing checks against abuse," he said.

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