As Malaysia Moves to Ban ‘Fake News,’ Worries About Who Decides the Truth

As Malaysia Moves to Ban ‘Fake News,’ Worries About Who Decides the Truth Photo An advertisement in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, warning against “fake news.” The lower house of Parliament has passed a bill to fight the spread of misinformation, and it is expected to be approved by the Senate this week. Credit Reuters KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — In highway billboards and radio announcements, the government of Malaysia is warning of a new enemy: “fake news.”
On Monday, the lower house of Parliament passed a bill outlawing fake news, the first measure of its kind in the world. The proposal, which allows for up to six years in prison for publishing or circulating misleading information, is expected to pass the Senate this week and to come into effect soon after.
The legislation would punish not only those who are behind fake news but also anyone who maliciously spreads such material. Online service providers would be responsible for third-party content, and anyone could lodge a complaint. As long ..