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Professor Netina Tan warns against new anti-fake news laws in Asia

Political Science Professor, Dr. Tan, shows how false information can sway elections and how social media can make the situation worse.

May 07, 2018

Asia is the new battleground for the digitization of elections and social media use. In an op-ed on AsiaGlobal Online on “Anti-Fake News Remedies in Asia”, Prof Netina Tan argues that the rush for governments to regulate misinformation on social media through draconian laws will lead to censorship and chilling effects on free speech. At the heart of the problem is a broad definition of what constitutes fake news and who an offender could be.