Government working with Facebook and Google to curb social media abuses.
KUALA LUMPUR: Since Jan 1 this year, 22 netizens were probed and 399 websites were blocked by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), says Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Jailani Johari.
Speaking during the question-and-answer session in the Dewan Rakyat today, Jailani said the government was now working with Facebook and Google to curb social media abuses.
Putrajaya had also formed a commission to focus on misuse of the Internet, chaired by the minister, Salleh Said Keruak.
He was answering a question by Sapawi Ahmad Wasali (BN-Sipitang) on what the government had done to monitor social media users who had insulted national leaders.
The government had been heavily criticised for its clampdown on freedom of speech and the media.
Recently, The Malaysian Insider joined the list of news platforms blocked by the government. Others included Sarawak Report, Medium and Asia Sentinel.
MCMC blocked 52 websites since January, Dewan Rakyat told
Source: The Malaysian Outsider
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission has blocked 52 new media websites and investigated 14 social media abuse cases since the setting up of the special committee to combat abuse of social media in January.
Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said today the aim of the committee, chaired by Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and comprising the police, MCMC and the Attorney-General’s Chambers, was to strengthen the Internet and new media regulatory mechanism.
“The special committee was set up to ensure firm action is imposed on those who use the social media to sow hatred against the government institution and to prevent the social media from sparking chaos via the dissemination of lies, hatred and religious extremism,” he told the Dewan Rakyat.
Jailani was answering a question from Datuk Sapawi Ahmad Wasali (BN-Sipitang) who asked about the steps taken by the ministry to curb the abuse of the social media, specially the Whatsapp application, to trigger anxiety and worry among the public, especially relating to security.
Overall, he said, as of February, 22 cases were investigated by MCMC on the abuse of the Internet and new media, and 399 sites were blocked.
He said the websites which were blocked included those on gambling, cheating and prostitution, those with pornographic content, those put up in bad taste and fake. – Bernama, March 8, 2016.