MCMC blocked 2,195 websites promoting online gambling

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PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) confirms that 2,195 websites that promote gambling via online and 19,765 telephone lines have been blocked by March 2021.

MCMC in its statement said, this is based on the official request made by the Royal Police Malaysia (PDRM) for the offence committed under the Open Gambling House Act 1953 besides information received from the public.

Relating to this issue, MCMC has taken the approach of preventive action and awareness campaign that have been implemented continuously to protect the interest and the security of the users. The enforcement has been carried out with PDRM.

“MCMC has also been working together with the social media platform provider that are based overseas such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to remove such contents following the service terms and the community standards that have been set by them,” MCMC said.

The statement added, from the enforcement aspects MCMC had carried out the prepaid telephone line users’ confirmation audit to ensure all active numbers had been confirmed wisely.

“This is important to prevent the numbers are wrongly used by irresponsible parties for criminal purposes but not limited to cheating and gambling promotion via online.

“Until March 2021,19,965 telephone lines have been disconnected for spam SMS offence that promotes online gambling, loans without license and others,” MCMC added.

Meanwhile MCMC would like to remind social media users to be more responsible by not spreading the contents to others as the action will indirectly help the parties involved in promoting online gambling that are harmful to the society. –Malaysia World News

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