Sri Lanka to curb fake news on social media

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Colombo, Apr 20 (PTI) Sri Lanka has decided to draft a new law which will check the spread of fake news on social media platforms, information minister Keheliya Rambukwella said on Tuesday.

He said such news undermines democracy.

'There is a lot of fake and misleading information on social media for which there is no identified ownership,” Rambukwella said.

At a Cabinet meeting held on Monday, the Legal Draftsman was advised to draft the bill on the applicable law, the minister said.

'The spread of false information on the internet poses a serious threat and is seen as being used to divide society, to spread hatred, and to weaken democratic institutions,' said a statement.

Rambukwella said these types of laws are being used in countries like Australia. PTI CORR MRJ MRJ