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Nadia Ahmad Samdin on Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill

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Gender-based online harms have become increasingly prevalent and can take many forms, with a significant proportion occurring in private communications. Singapore’s Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill does not specifically address gender-based online harms and does not cover private messaging channels, MP Nadia Ahmad Samdin pointed out in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 9). She also asked if the Government has considered streamlining all online-related harms into the Online Safety Bill rather than relying on sections in the Penal Code and Protection from Harassment Act, placing a burden on victims to show that harm has been inflicted. Ms Nadia also said more can be done to ensure that minors are protected from hyper-sexualisation or inappropriate content, including content that could lead to physical harms such as eating disorders, self-injury or even suicide. She also sought clarification on the definitions of egregious content, asking who will decide on this and whether certain forms of satirical or creative content might be affected.

Gender-based online harms have become increasingly prevalent and can take many forms, with a significant proportion occurring in private communications. Singapore’s Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill does not specifically address gender-based online harms and does not cover private messaging channels, MP Nadia Ahmad Samdin pointed out in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 9). She also asked if the Government has considered streamlining all online-related harms into the Online Safety Bill rather than relying on sections in the Penal Code and Protection from Harassment Act, placing a burden on victims to show that harm has been inflicted. Ms Nadia also said more can be done to ensure that minors are protected from hyper-sexualisation or inappropriate content, including content that could lead to physical harms such as eating disorders, self-injury or even suicide. She also sought clarification on the definitions of egregious content, asking who will decide on this and whether certain forms of satirical or creative content might be affected.

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