PM Lee to netizens: Always be courteous and respectful in your comments
Posted by temasektimes on October 6, 2012
In his latest update on Facebook, PM Lee shared an article from Wall Street Journal ‘Why we are so rude online’ and urged netizens to be more aware of what they do online:
“In my National Day Rally, I expressed concern about some of the nasty views expressed online, especially anonymously. This problem is not unique to Singapore. This article explains why people can be so rude online, and say things that they would never say face-to-face.”
He added netizens should behave towards others as they wold like others to behave to them:
“I hope this understanding helps us to be more aware of what we do online. We should feel free to express our thoughts and opinions. But let us always be courteous and respectful in our comments and postings, and behave towards others as we would like others to behave towards us.”
Following a drop in its percentage of votes in the General Election last year with significant gains for the real opposition parties like the Singapore Democratic Party which was widely attributed to the influence of the new media, the PAP has implemented a series of measures to reclaim cyberspace such as setting up a news blog ‘singapolitics.sg’ to ‘engage’ its online critics.