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Saktiandi Supaat on Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill

10:28 Min

Why does egregious content stop at content that advocates or instructs on violence, cruelty, abuse or torture of human beings, and not cover animal cruelty or abuse? Will other categories of egregious content be prescribed, such as content that explicitly promotes lifestyles which are not in line with current norms, commercialisation of obscene and nude photos and videos, or obvious scam advertisements? MP Saktiandi Supaat brought up these questions in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 9). He also asked if a new department will be set up under the Infocomm Media Development Authority or Singapore Police Force to flag egregious content for the purpose of enforcing the new regulations and if so, how large it will be. He said the effectiveness of protection will depend on the speed at which the authorities can block and take down offensive content. To that end, Mr Saktiandi wanted to know how quickly Singapore authorities expect to act to issue disabling and blocking directions to electronic service providers and how long they will be given to comply. Noting that the Bill provides for the potential expansion of the regulatory scope, he asked what other types of electronic services might potentially be included, and what platforms may be designated as regulated online communication services to be subject to enhanced regulation. He also suggested having a periodic consultation process to canvass industry feedback on amendments to existing codes of practice.

Why does egregious content stop at content that advocates or instructs on violence, cruelty, abuse or torture of human beings, and not cover animal cruelty or abuse? Will other categories of egregious content be prescribed, such as content that explicitly promotes lifestyles which are not in line with current norms, commercialisation of obscene and nude photos and videos, or obvious scam advertisements? MP Saktiandi Supaat brought up these questions in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 9). He also asked if a new department will be set up under the Infocomm Media Development Authority or Singapore Police Force to flag egregious content for the purpose of enforcing the new regulations and if so, how large it will be. He said the effectiveness of protection will depend on the speed at which the authorities can block and take down offensive content. To that end, Mr Saktiandi wanted to know how quickly Singapore authorities expect to act to issue disabling and blocking directions to electronic service providers and how long they will be given to comply. Noting that the Bill provides for the potential expansion of the regulatory scope, he asked what other types of electronic services might potentially be included, and what platforms may be designated as regulated online communication services to be subject to enhanced regulation. He also suggested having a periodic consultation process to canvass industry feedback on amendments to existing codes of practice.

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