Singapore — A Singapore parliamentary committee said on Thursday the government should consider legislation to ensure that technology companies rein in online fake news and punish culprits. The committee, set up to make recommendations to fight "deliberate online falsehoods", said steps were needed as companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter had "a policy of generally not acting against" content known to be false. "I think there is increasing recognition on all sides that there has to be responsibility on the part of tech companies and that governments have to intervene to ensure that responsibility," said law minister and panel member K Shanmugam. The government’s response to recommendations had to be "urgent and serious". The law and communications ministries said the government accepted the recommendations in principle, and would work with stakeholders to adopt legislative and other measures in the next few months. Tech companies′ concern Global tech companies have express...

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