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Yeo Wan Ling on Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill

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Social media platforms are not merely the conduit for people to interact with one another, but they serve as an extension of an individual, said MP Yeo Wan Ling. Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 9), she voiced support for the move to achieve greater transparency from social media platforms in their decision-making process. She said with online platforms expected to provide greater clarity on how they intend to protect local users from harmful content, users are not only granted the opportunity to make informed decisions, but are also better able to understand the decision-making process with regard to appeals and requests surrounding egregious content. She also supported the requirement for practical guidance from social media platforms to successfully build a safe online environment. She said this makes it imperative for users to know what constitutes harmful conduct and content. These developments are indeed a first step in the right direction, she said. But it is important not to stop at this juncture but to continue to expand the remit and regulations to protect users, she added.

Social media platforms are not merely the conduit for people to interact with one another, but they serve as an extension of an individual, said MP Yeo Wan Ling. Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (Nov 9), she voiced support for the move to achieve greater transparency from social media platforms in their decision-making process. She said with online platforms expected to provide greater clarity on how they intend to protect local users from harmful content, users are not only granted the opportunity to make informed decisions, but are also better able to understand the decision-making process with regard to appeals and requests surrounding egregious content. She also supported the requirement for practical guidance from social media platforms to successfully build a safe online environment. She said this makes it imperative for users to know what constitutes harmful conduct and content. These developments are indeed a first step in the right direction, she said. But it is important not to stop at this juncture but to continue to expand the remit and regulations to protect users, she added.

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