Introduction of Online Falsehood Bill soon
Online Falsehood and Manipulation Bill to control publishing of false information on social media will be introduced soon, Minister of Justice Ali Sabri told Parliament yesterday.
The Minister said preparing a Cabinet paper to this effect was reaching its final stages.
“We will only control falsehood but would not suppress the right of expression. The proposed legislation will be implemented following the request made to introduce certain mechanism to control such menace in the social media,” he added.
The Minister also said that a balanced Prevention of Terrorism Act will be introduced in order to ensure country’s security without suppressing the rights of the people.
(Source: Daily Mirror – By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)
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Yes! Before we go down the same way UK (Brexit) and USA (Last presidential election) make it possible to prosecute misinformation and hate spreading individuals. People should take responsibility of the information they spread. We have already seen how the social media in Sri lanka was used to spread falsehood about indigenous COVID-19 treatments and spread the disease further,