Minister Fahmi, MCMC to meet Meta on fake information, online safety Monday


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KUALA LUMPUR: The Minister of Communications, Fahmi Fadzil had directed the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to investigate and identify the parties involved in spreading false information that there will be no national or international Quran recital and memorisation competition this year.

Fahmi said, the message was repeated with slight variations and since yesterday (Tuesday) the ministry had found a series of messages, making baseless and malicious accusations initiated by several parties, especially on Facebook.

As the government’s spokesperson, Fahmi added, the Communications Ministry and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will be having a meeting with Meta, Facebook’s parent company, to discuss issues related to online safety on Monday.

According to Fahmi, they would raise concerns about how Meta is being used to distort facts and spread fake information and news.

“On Monday, the MCMC and I, along with other agencies, will meet Meta,” Fahmi said as reported by NST.

He said action would be taken as certain parties had attempted to distort facts.
Fahmi had also mentioned that in the meeting with Meta, the issue of online safety for children under 13 who should not have social media accounts would also be raised.

He added, not all social media platforms provided strict mechanisms to prevent children from registering.
“If Meta fails to cooperate, we will take action against it,” he said.

 

 


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