Curb on fake news to safeguard diversity and harmony in Malaysia


The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has taken action against 3,047 fake accounts on various social media platforms identified between January and September this year.

Almost 80% of 3,047 fake accounts have been deleted by social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter for violating the terms and conditions set by the respective providers.

Even Internet giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google China’s Baidu Inc. are cooperating with Government as they are constantly pressured to improve on their algorithms by using a combination of technology and content authorization to minimize fake news.

All Malaysians are responsible to help defend Malaysia from fake news/accounts which have bad intent, defamatory or seditious in nature. Respect in our diversity and harmony must be strengthened as a Malaysian way of life.

It is time we make full use of initiatives like portal and make it a habit to check the authenticity of the news first before sharing it with others.

Let us remind ourselves if we come across suspected fake accounts or fake news or information, we should use the ‘report’ facility provided by the relevant social media concerned, so that the action can be taken as soon as practicable. We can also report to the MCMC of such acts.

Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA 98) makes it an offence “to make or create content that is obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in nature.”