Activists slam MCMC for forcing censorship on social media

Source: FMT News

NGO Article 19 wants Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to retract advisory to ‘group admins’ on chat group dos and dont’s, and tell users they won’t be held responsible for content posted by others. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: An organisation fighting for freedom of expression has taken Malaysia’s internet authority to task over its recent “advisory” to administrators of social media groups, saying it was an attempt at getting users to act as censors for the government.

The Malaysian chapter of rights group Article 19, named after Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) should retract the advisory immediately.

It also wants MCMC to tell social media users that they cannot be held responsible for content created by third parties.

The NGO said in a statement that it considered the MCMC advisory as “seeking to deliver an implicit threat to social media users”. Read more

MCMC does not spy on WhatsApp users, says Salleh

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.   Read more

MCMC’s guide for chat admins: Deal with trolls

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Last week, a local malay daily reported that WhatsApp chat group administrators risk facing imprisonment should they fail to contain the spread of false messages. — Reuters pic.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 4 — The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has released a do’s and dont’s guide for chat group administrators after warning them of potential prosecution over fake news.

On its official website, the MCMC posted a six-point guide, which included checking posts in chat groups with a moderator, commenting on posts to “ensure discussions stay on track”, and to “deal firmly with trolls”.

Some of the recommended do’s include informing members the reasons for setting up chat groups, setting ground rules, and to consider blocking members who insist on making inappropriate posts. Read more

‘Don’t charge WhatsApp admins, give guidelines first’

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MCMC statement on WhatsApp group administrators being responsible for everything sent to group causes shockwave, resulting in disclaimer going viral. Pic from FMT News.

MCMC statement on WhatsApp group administrators being responsible for everything sent to group causes shockwave, resulting in disclaimer going viral. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Two groups representing workers and employers say proper rules and regulations are needed to manage social media and public communication platforms like WhatsApp.

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) and Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) said this following a statement from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) that group administrators could be prosecuted if their WhatsApp groups were caught spreading fake news.

“It is too drastic. The government should provide proper guidelines first on how to manage WhatsApp rather than straight away implement laws to prosecute people,” MTUC president Abdul Halim Mansor told FMT today.

Having the proper rules and regulations in place is better than prosecution, he added. Read more

‘Admin WhatsApp’ boleh dipenjara

Source: BH Online

KUALA LUMPUR: Admin (pentadbir) kumpulan WhatsApp berdepan tindakan undang-undang sekiranya gagal membendung penyebaran maklumat palsu dalam kalangan ahli sehingga menggugat keselamatan negara.

Timbalan Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia, Datuk Jailani Johari, berkata tindakan undang-undang sedia ada di bawah Akta Komunikasi dan Multimedia 1998 boleh dipertimbangkan untuk mengambil tindakan terhadap pentadbir terbabit.

Di bawah akta itu, pelbagai kesalahan boleh dikenakan tindakan seperti menyebarkan berita palsu, fitnah, menghasut, penipuan dan pendedahan komunikasi yang dilarang iaitu mendedahkan maklumat di bawah Akta Rahsia Rasmi (OSA).   Read more

Malaysia: Govt launches website to tackle fake news phenomenon

Source: Asian Correspondent

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Source: Shutterstock

TO stop the spread of fake news, Malaysia’s Internet regulator has launched a website to help the public verify the authenticity of “questionable” articles with the authorities.

Sebenarnya.my, which was unveiled on Tuesday by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), is an online tool which allows the public to share unconfirmed news items spread on social media, short messaging services and websites with relevant government agencies.

The authorities will then verify the articles in question and respond to the items swiftly, New Straits Times reported.

In Malay, “sebenarnya” is an adverb which loosely translates to “actually” or “truthfully”. According to Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak, the word is used as the website’s name because it is line with the government’s aim to combat the rampant spread of false news. Read more

Cops to probe Facebook user for saying Islam not ‘religion of peace’

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — The police sought today to summon a Facebook user who allegedly said Islam was not a religion of peace, in response to on-the-run preacher Dr Zakir Naik who described himself as a “messenger of peace”. – See more at:

Screenshot of Tweet by Khalid Abu Bakar.

Screenshot of Tweet by Khalid Abu Bakar.

In the tweet, Khalid attached a screenshot of a Facebook user who responded to a Malay Mail Online article with the headline: “Zakir Naik: I’m a messenger of peace, my critics are terrorists”.

Khalid’s tweet is translated as: “@OfficialPcirc @PDRMsia Call up the person named below and ask him to explain what he meant by “Islam was never a religion of PEACE”. Read more

MACC probes alleged misappropriation of funds involving Umno supreme council member

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider

Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, March 1 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has confirmed receiving a report alleging that an Umno Supreme Council member was involved in the misappropriation of funds in a software development project for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) yesterday.

In a statement today, the MACC said the report was received from the police, following a public complaint.

“The MACC will investigate the report which was obtained prior to opening an investigation on the allegation.

“The individual involved will be called to testify, if necessary, to assist in the investigations,” it said, adding the commission would also cooperate with MCMC to obtain information regarding the allegation.

A local portal had reported that a complaint alleging a foundation owned by a member of the Umno supreme council had misappropriated funds worth RM2.7 million.

The police report was lodged at the Dang Wangi police headquarters on Monday.

Dang Wangi police chief ACP Mohd Sukri Kaman confirmed receiving the report. — Bernama

Tumblr, similar sites give MCMC a headache

Source: FMT News

Tumblr and similar sharing platforms make it hard to combat pornography. Pic taken from FMT News.

Tumblr and similar sharing platforms make it hard to combat pornography. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: One of the biggest challenges the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) faces in trying to stamp out pornography comes from the use of groups on internet platforms.

MCMC has informed FMT that such platforms included micro-blogging site Tumblr, which enables users to share blog entries, photos and music videos.

Tumblr allows “Not Suitable for Work” (NSFW) content, which may include adult content. It encourages blog owners with NSFW to flag their blogs as such. Tumblr users can also flag such content.

In the United States, authorities have taken action against a number of people for using Tumblr to upload and share child pornography.

Last year, Business Insider carried an article explaining the difficulty of blocking sites with mixed pornographic and non-pornographic content. These sites include Tumblr and Reddit, a forum where content is curated by users. Read more

Govt revising Communications Act to tackle fake news

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Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission says Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 is being revised to incorporate new elements. Pic from FMT News.

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission says Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 is being revised to incorporate new elements. Pic from FMT News.

KUCHING: The Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 is being revised to include new elements to tackle such things as the dissemination of fake news on social media.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) in a written response to The Borneo Post said, “The act is currently being revised to incorporate new elements, including network security matters.”

The report, however, did not give details of the new elements that are to be incorporated or how these will impact internet users.

MCMC told The Borneo Post it had carried out various awareness and advocacy programmes aimed at different segments of the public. Read more