MCMC does not spy on WhatsApp users, says Salleh

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Source: The Star Online

Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak – Pic from the Star Online.

KUCHING: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is only a regulatory body and does not monitor or spy on messages WhatsApp users send on the platform, said Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

Recent posts which alleged that the commission was monitoring content in the application was “absolutely false news,” the Communications and Multimedia Minister told reporters Friday after launching the Asean International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA) 2017 Biz World.

Salleh said that the ministry had only been advising people against abusing the messaging platform as they were bound by the country’s laws and regulations.  

“While we have the freedom to speak and write, we do not have the freedom to post allegations or rumours which can threaten the country’s stability and, ultimately, destroy it.

“The MCMC is only a regulatory body. Some other authorities will take the necessary action if people are found posting allegations and wild rumours on social media,” he said. – Bernama

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