A law in place to prevent cancel culture.
That is what Singapore is setting out to do to stop people from docking others’ free speech through aggressive online attacks, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam in an interview in September.
This seems timely as this is a time when social media has grown significantly and the idea that a person can be “cancelled” or blocked from having a prominent public platform or career has become a polarising topic of debate.
Yet detractors want the government to clean house first, saying its use of the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (POFMA) to rebut claims by the opposition, for instance, is in itself cancel culture.
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We discuss if cancel culture is a mob mentality, or a long overdue way of speaking truth to power and whether POFMA is, in itself, a form of cancel culture.