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Singapore invokes fake news law over opposition party posts

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Interesting.

Anything the ruling party doesn't like is declared illegal "fake news".

Ominous.

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Anything the ruling party doesn't like is declared illegal "fake news".

If you're saying that's worrying, I agree. It makes me wonder why some laud leaders who use that term, i.e. 'fake news', to discredit outlets questioning them and their decisions. Many of those same people favor authoritarian systems where the state's leaders have control of information and how it's presented. For democratic systems to be maintained, media have to be allowed the freedom to question governments. If 'fake news' is found to be illegal, for example, libelous or slanderous, most states have laws to deal with that. The free, for-profit press must be allowed to continue. Let readers and listeners choose for themselves. Having said that, I still think trolls paid by their governments to use media to push fake news and alt facts in attempts to undermine democratic systems are pond scum low.

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I still think trolls paid by their governments to use media to push fake news and alt facts in attempts to undermine democratic systems are pond scum low.

And what if the people you perceive to be "trolls paid by their governments" are actually just regular citizens expressing their views, albeit ones different from yours.

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And what if the people you perceive to be "trolls paid by their governments" are actually just regular citizens expressing their views, albeit ones different from yours.

Well, then they fail to be paid trolls and are not pond scum. The question really answers itself.

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Well, then they fail to be paid trolls and are not pond scum. The question really answers itself.

So then if you can't confirm whether the other poster is merely expressing his views or a "troll paid by a government" wouldn't common decency and maturity lead to holding off on the "pond scum" allegations.

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So then if you can't confirm whether the other poster is merely expressing his views or a "troll paid by a government" wouldn't common decency and maturity lead to holding off on the "pond scum" allegations.

Yes, if you can’t confirm the poster is a troll paid by a government. However, it’s not difficult to identify paid trolls. They do things like praise Donny constantly whilst always disparaging the US. Sound familiar?

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