PM LEE: SOCIAL MEDIA CANNOT BE COMPLETELY LEFT BY ITSELF

PM Lee

At the “Singapore Perspectives 2013″ conference held at Shangri-la Hotel today (28 Jan), PM Lee also dealt with sensitive issues that are brought up online.

Replying to a question on why there is a need to moderate social space, he said, “We don’t believe the community in the social space, especially online, moderates itself. It doesn’t happen anywhere in the world.”

“You have views going to extremes and when people respond to their views, they may respond in an extreme way, and when people decide to disapprove of something which was inappropriate, the disapproval can also happen in an extreme way.

“It’s in the nature of the medium, the way the interactions work and that’s the reason why we think it cannot be completely left by itself.”

His comment came about after PAP sustained a devastating loss in the Punggol East by-election to WP last Sat (26 Jan). The PAP’s % valid votes dropped 10.8% from 54.5% in the last GE 1.5 years ago to the current 43.7%.

It’s not known if Mr Lee is also blaming the social media for PAP’s loss in the Punggol East by-election.

 

NSP member Ravi Philemon said on his FB post:

 
Will we soon see a clampdown of the online world, the most open 'public square' in Singapore?

"The daily incessant round of the 24-hour news cycle, its noise amplified by the social media, will make governance more difficult here as it has elsewhere. This calls for more, not less, leadership. And indeed this is not just a question of political leadership. It is, more fundamentally, about what sort of government we want, and the kind of society we want to be." - Lawrence Wong, Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore Perspective Conference, 28 January 2013

"We don't believe the community in the social space, especially online, moderates itself. It doesn't happen anywhere in the world. You have views going to extremes and when people respond to their views, they may respond in an extreme way, and when people decide to disapprove of something which was inappropriate, the disapproval can also happen in an extreme way. It's in the nature of the medium, the way the interactions work and that's the reason why we think it cannot be completely left by itself." - PM Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore Perspective Conference, 28 January 2013

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