SINGAPORE - Internet rules are necessary to restrain "pack behaviour" in social media and ensure civility between users, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in remarks released Wednesday.
Speaking at a university forum late Tuesday, Lee said social media raised the risk of an overreaction from the public when contentious incidents occur in the ethnically diverse city-state, with "unrestrained, anonymous viciousness".
Lee, who has nearly 260,000 Facebook followers, referred to several local incidents that have sparked off unbridled web outrage, including derogatory comments against Singaporeans posted on social media by British expatriate Anton Casey last week.
"Each one issue can cause a spark. Because of social media it becomes harder to settle such problems quietly and we risk having an overreaction," Lee told students at the Nanyang Technological University.
A video of his speech was posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday.