KOTA KINABALU, Dec 16 — The federal government won't permit the phenomenon of faux information dissemination and slander by way of social media within the identify of freedom of expression.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stated measures wanted to be taken earlier than the phenomenon (of slander and disseminating pretend information) was handled because the norm amongst the individuals.
“We are not looking for these practices tolerated and accepted as ’freedom of expression’ within the identify of democracy...whereby, slandering others is widespread... (and making somebody indignant) is taken into account success.
“When an individual finally ends up feeling ashamed, it's thought-about a proud second for many who instigate the slander, and it's such a unfavourable tradition, so we should change it,” he stated.
Ahmad Zahid, who can also be Residence Minister, stated this when talking on the opening of the Sabah Umno Social Media Conference right here in the present day.
Additionally current have been Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, Sabah Deputy Chief Minister and state Umno liaison secretary Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin and Umno InformationTechnology bureau chairman Datuk Ahmad Maslan.
Ahmad Zahid stated as of September this yr, four,702 instances of defamation, pretend information dissemination and different social media offences had been reported to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Fee.
He stated of the full, four,003 instances have been presently being investigated for additional motion and amongst them have been 60 instances involving defamation, 20 pretend information instances and 43 instances referring to id fraud.
In response to the minister, from January to November this yr, the police additionally acquired 203 studies associated to social media offences and motion was being carried out on the stories.
He stated Malaysia presently ranked sixth on the planet when it comes to social media utilization, with three.5 hours day by day per individual. — Bernama