Bill covering online bullying introduced

A proposed law that will cover online bullying was introduced in Parliament on Monday.

The new Protection from Harassment Bill will consolidate existing anti-harassment legislation and expand it to cover online behaviour.

The proposed law makes stalking an offence, with a maximum penalty of a fine up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to a year.

The Bill also encompasses sexual harassment in and out of the office, as well as certain acts committed outside Singapore.

Harassment penalties would be increased and enhanced penalties will be provided for repeat offenders.

It will also provide more options for victims seeking redress.

Victims can also ask the court to order the removal of offending material online, or make offenders put an alert highlighting the inaccurate parts.

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