KKD Will Continue To Block Social Media Platforms That Compromise public Morals – Fahmi

KKD Will Continue To Block Social Media Platforms That Compromise public Morals – Fahmi

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 (Bernama) — The Communications and Digital Ministry (KKD) will carry on blocking social media platforms with content that can influence, affect andcompromise public morals.

Its minister, Fahmi Fadzil said the blocks by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) also covers websites used for various purposes, includingpromoting sex products and deviant sexual practices.

He said a total of 7,097 such websites were blocked between 2018 and Nov 30, and similar action will continue to be taken to curb social media misuse.

“KKD is serious and committed in curbing social media misuse on various gadgets that could breach our country’s laws, including sex and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender) related content and ads.

“Besides monitoring for acts or content that contravene the Communications and Multimedia Act 1988, steps to curb such cases will be followed by bringing down such content,enforcement and prosecution,” he said while winding up the debate on the Supply Bill 2024 for the ministry at the Dewan Negara today.

The MCMC is also working with various social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Telegram and TikTok as part of efforts to curb pornographic contenton social media, Fahmi said, adding that 599 instances of pornographic content were removed from early this year till Nov 30, with Instragram registering the highest number at107, Facebook (54), Telegram (44), X (18), TikTok (eight) and other platforms (368).

He also shared that the Malaysian Digital Economic Corporation (MDEC) was in the process of identifying local digitalisation partners capable of providing support andconsultancy services for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).

This was part of the effort to prepare access to digital platforms and solutions as mentioned in the MADANI MSME Digital Grant introduced this year.

“MDEC is also encouraging digitalisation partners to offer freemium technology and digital solutions, so that the enterprises can use them for free.

“Interested enterprises need only produce payment when they want to use the full solutions,” he said, adding that such methods would help MSMEs identify the benefits of digitaltechnology and solutions for their businesses and would boost usage among them.

Fahmi said it was being implemented after initial findings of the National MSME Digitalisation Roadmap (NMDR) by MDEC indicated that 36 per cent of companies in the countryused emerging technologies, and that social media was becoming an important tool for customer experience in business, with 58 per cent of MSMEs using social media tomarket their products.

On efforts to increase promotion of government initiatives and easily-understood infographics, Fahmi said the ministry, through the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama),had produced and published news reports and infographics relating to programmes and also the types of government assistance available to the people.

This included producing news about developments of the national economy, analyses by experts and forms or discussions in various television and radio programmes to boostpublic understanding about economic issues, cost of living, inflation and subsidies.

“All news reports, infographics and programmes are based on authoritative sources, including the Finance Ministry, the Economic Affairs Ministry, the Agriculture and FoodSecurity Ministry and other stakeholders,” he added.

— BERNAMA

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