Parliament Sitting on 4 July 2022

QUESTION FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

100. Mr Darryl David: To ask the Minister for Communications and Information (a) whether the Government has avenues of recourse in the event a social media organisation does not comply with directions to (i) disable access to harmful content (ii) disallow accounts that have such content or (iii) remove specified types of egregious content; and (b) if so, what are they

Answer:

1. Last month, MCI announced details of two proposed Codes of Practice to strengthen safety for users of social media services. The first Code of Practice on Online Safety will require designated social media services in Singapore to implement upstream system-wide processes to enhance online safety for their users, particularly the young. Where egregious harmful content remains available despite the social media services’ content moderation systems, a second Content Code for Social Media Services will allow IMDA to direct service providers to disable access to such content for end users in Singapore; this will also apply to social media services not covered by the first Code.

2. Like many governments around the world, Singapore is looking at ways to effectively regulate social media services. As with all forms of regulations, non-compliance must result in enforcement actions. MCI has studied relevant international regulatory models and provisions under existing local laws. We will provide details of the enforcement framework in due course.

Speech by Senior Minister of State, Dr Janil Puthucheary at the techUK Digital Ethics Summit 2022 on 7 Dec 2022 Speeches Cyber Security, Digital Readiness, Government Technology, Others 07 Dec 22
Speech delivered by Mr Tan Kiat How, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, at Asia TV Forum & Market | ScreenSingapore (7 Dec 2022) Speeches Infocomm Media 07 Dec 22
Speech by Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister of Communications and Information, at the Global Technology Summit on 1 December 2022 Speeches Personal Data, Others, Cyber Security 01 Dec 22
MCI Response to PQ on Collection of NRIC and Personally Identifiable Information by Security Officers at Commercial and Private Residential Facilities Parliament QAs Personal Data, Others 30 Nov 22
MCI Response to PQ on Assessment of Risk and Impact of Quantum Computing Technology and Efforts to Ensure Encrypted Digital Records and Communications Networks Remain Secure Parliament QAs Digital Readiness, Others, Government Technology 29 Nov 22
MCI Response to PQ on Measures in Place to Safeguard Privacy and Data of Users against Illegal Tracking by Tech Companies Parliament QAs Personal Data 28 Nov 22