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No News Is Good News, but "Fake News" Is Bad News: A Comparative Analysis of Singapore’s and Australia’s Measures to Combat Misinformation on Social Media

Tay JingYi

(2021) 33 SAcLJ 600

This article will shed light on efforts to deal with the growing issue of fake news in Australia and Singapore. First, this article will attempt to define “fake news” in the context of its spread on social media. Then, it will outline how the inadequacy of social media companies’ efforts and high levels of social diversity incentivised both countries to clamp down on fake news. This will be followed by a comparative analysis and evaluation of Australia and Singapore’s measures. From this analysis, it is evident that Singapore’s approach is more cautious and paternalistic, while Australia’s is more focused on engaging with and involving industry players in solving the problem of fake news.