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’

Source: 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.

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

Man arrested for posting picture insulting PM in WhatsApp group

Source: The Star Online

WhatsApp - EPA file pic

WhatsApp – EPA file pic

JOHOR BARU: Police have arrested a man for sharing a crude photo insulting the Prime Minister in a WhatsApp group.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said that the man was arrested in Kampung Tunku, Petaling Jaya at around 12.15pm on Saturday.

He said the suspect, who goes by the name Pa Ya, had uploaded the photo into a WhatsApp group called “Bicara Politik Melayu”.

“The photo has insulted and hurt the feelings of Malaysians,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

The suspect’s Samsung G5 mobile phone was seized as well, he said.

A police report was lodged at 3.35pm on Friday following the posting of the photo.

Comm Wan Ahmad said that the suspect would be remanded at the Johor Baru court on Sunday for investigations under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or up to a year’s jail, or both upon conviction. Read more