NPR reported the other day that Singapore recently enacted a law which regulates what is and what is not “fake news.” The law went info effect last Wednesday. As reported by NPR:
The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act, which passed the country’s parliament in May, requires online platforms — including social networking, search engine and news aggregation services — to issue corrections or remove content that the government deems false. Media companies that fail to comply face a fine of up to a 1 million Singapore dollars (about $722,000). Individuals found guilty of violating the law, both inside and outside the tiny Southeast Asian country, could face fines of up to $60,000 or prison for up to 10 years.
It should go without saying that having a government decide what is and what isn’t fake news is a terrible idea. Luckily, that could not happen under the United States Constitution.
But what has happened in the United States is a very substantial blurring of the lines between what is and isn’t fake news led by our Liar-in-Chief, Donald Trumpelthinskin, who cannot abide it when journalists report honestly on his grifter administration.
That’s bad enough.
What I’d like to see is more people bringing defamation suits, like certain parents from Sandy Hook brought against the despicable Alex Jones. One of those parents recently won his defamation suit, but we won’t know for how much money until the “damages” phase of the trial, which doesn’t happen until October.
Let’s hope he bankrupts that son-of-a-bitch. There are some other conspiracy theorists who should long ago have been taken to the cleaners.