Of late there has been a growing chorus of support worldwide for the enactment of special legislation to check the propagation of fake news

Of late there has been a growing chorus of support worldwide for the enactment of special legislation to check the propagation of fake news.

On Jan 1, Germany started enforcing a law that requires social media sites to remove within 24 hours any offensive or fake content that could arouse hatred. Sites that do not remove such posts could face fines of up to 50 million euro (RM241. 9 million).

The governments of countries like Britain, France and Singapore are currently considering drafting and enforcing similar legislation.

What is certain is that the circulation of hateful content on the Internet has become a matter of concern all over the world, leading to the ongoing debate on the need to draft laws to curtail the posting of fake news.

In the meantime, the authorities are constantly monitoring the situation and organising awareness campaigns to get the public to be wary of fake news.