Manage portal content responsibly, say no to fake news

“Media plays a big role in tackling false news, in disseminating news and to correct any negative perceptions. They can no longer avoid responsibilities and must act wisely”

SHAH ALAM: Online media practitioners and netizens must be more responsible in managing the contents uploaded on their portals, said the Communications and Multimedia Ministry.

Its deputy minister Datuk Jailani Johari said there is a huge difference between uploading contents that criticise and those that aim to insult, incite hatred, instigate and spread false news.

He also said netizens should practice self-regulation and always verify the information or news before sharing it on social media.

“Certain irresponsible parties use social media as a tool to spread slanderous comments and fake news that could disrupt peace, public order and national security.

“We have laws like the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (Act 588) to take action against offensive contents.

“But the challenge is when the offence is committed via a communication application and social media that operates overseas, which is beyond our control.

“I was not surprised when China blocked WhatsApp and other applications like Google and Facebook, but they allowed WeChat since its based in Shenzen, China. They only censor platforms that they have no control over.

“The question is whether Malaysia will follow suit. Maybe someday when the time comes, when there is a need to control, hence it is not impossible for Malaysia to follow China’s footsteps.”

He said this after attending the Malaysian Press Institute National Media Forum 2017 “Journalism and Media Challenges in the Industrial Age 4.0” at Hotel Uitm, Shah Alam here today.

In his speech, Jailani also said responsible media organisations would not give coverage to extremists groups and their activities.

“For example, extremists hope for media coverage every time they carry out attacks or cruel murders.

“Responsible media outlets would not do that. They would not give extremists what they desire, which is publicity.

“Media plays a big role in tackling false news, in disseminating news and to correct any negative perceptions. They can no longer avoid responsibilities and must act wisely,” he added.

Source: NST Online

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