Facebook, Google and Twitter’s opposition to censorship outrages K Shanmugam

All three online service corporations Facebook, Google and Twitter sent out in their agents to go to Singapore’s public hearing on phony news revealing their opposition to Law Minister K Shanmugam’s proposition to enact more censorship laws.Facebook wrote

in their submission opposing new censorship laws:

“We do not believe that legislation is the very best method to dealing with the problem. Singapore currently has a range of existing laws and policies which address hate speech, disparagement and the spreading of incorrect news.”

Facebook’s executive Simon Milner, the policy chief of Asia, criticised the federal government asking exactly what is fake news and mentioned the Singapore state media ranks 151st out of 180 countries in press freedom.

“How do you define … what is a purposeful online fallacy and what is not? We are doubtful about that.”

Twitter’s executive, director for public policy in Asia Pacific, informed the Law Minister that nobody, even the federal government, is always sincere:

“No single business, governmental or non-governmental star, should be the arbiter of truth. Instead, we see reporters, professionals and engaged citizens tweeting side-by-side to verify, correct and challenge public discourse in seconds.”

Law Minister K Shanmugam was clearly angered by the opposition and assaulted the companies of being incapable of regulating themselves, and diverted the conversation on the recent breach of user data by Facebook’s 3rd party application.Law Minister K Shanmugam then ask leading questions at the Facebook executive needing just a”yes-no “response, which the latter dramatically explained that this is not reasonable to just answer”yes or no”:”K Shanmugam: Do you believe you have a responsibility to take down frauds like Clinton running a paedophilia ring?Facebook Simon Milner: Do not believe it is fair to say yes or no to some thing like that. I am scared to state sometime rumours turn out to be real, but I am absolutely not recommending that(Clinton’s phony news)is real in this case. But there are rumours that become the fact, and if we to state you cannot publish anything untrue about Hillary Clinton, how do we know till someone is able to help us in regard to that? Some of the important things you pointed out are the kinds of things that no one would think but frequently these things are not as clear cut as you stated.”Law Minister K Shanmugam then started madly attacked the Facebook executive:”

You are really anxious to address questions I have never asked. So let me help you help me.”