A total of 27,115 harmful contents were taken down in January, February

A total of 27,115 harmful contents were taken down in January, February

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has taken down a total of 27,115 harmful contents on social media and Over The Top (OTT) platforms for just the first two months of this year.

MCMC, in a statement, said that throughout 2023, MCMC had taken down a total of 35,490 contents. “Based on MCMC statistics, there has been a significant increase in harmful contents on social media and OTT platforms.

“Harmful contents include hate speech, scams, illicit sales, gambling, and fake news,” it said today. Furthermore, such contents pose a significant threat to social fabric and institutions in Malaysia.

“A total of 2,004 contents involving hate speech and touching on the aspects of 3R (race, religion, and royalty) that have the potential to incite violence and discrimination have been taken down since January 2023 until now.

“Meanwhile, a total of 479 provocative contents and 3R have been taken down since March 13 until now,” it said. MCMC emphasized that it will not compromise or negotiate with any excessive spread of provocative contents on social media.

“Any sharing of malicious and threatening content is an offense under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998. Offenders can be fined up to a maximum of RM50,000 or imprisonment for up to a year or both.

“MCMC reminds all parties to stop spreading provocations and refrain from writing provocative comments and 3R on social media,” it said.

Meanwhile, following incidents involving the display of the word Allah on socks, MCMC is cooperating with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to track down and trace the account owners involved and bring them to court.

– Agency

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