False news can destroy lives, threatens nation, MCMC COO says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BUKIT GANTANG, Dec 30 —  Dissemination of false news on the Internet can ruin a person’s life, as well as threatens national stability, said Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chief operating officer Datuk Mazlan Ismail.

He said the spread of false news not only occurred in Malaysia, but also in developed countries such as France, Germany and Britain.

“Checking the legitimacy and source of news is very important before spreading it,” he said in his speech at the Bukit  Gantang SEBENARNYA.MY Carnival in Changkat Jering. Read more

Malaysia: Govt launches website to tackle fake news phenomenon

Source: Asian Correspondent

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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