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227 cases of misuse of new media, including social media, probed last year

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 227 cases involving misuse of new media, including social media, websites and blogs, were investigated from January last year to July this year.
Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari said, out of the total, 19 cases were compounded and eight were prosecuted and convicted.
Jailani was replying to a question by Senator Datuk Zali Mat Yasin, who asked about the number and statistics on individuals or groups who had been subjected to legal action.
"This year alone, action was taken against 75 per cent out of the 2,000 fake accounts, including blocking and closing the accounts while the rest are still being investigated.
“For the closure of fake accounts, it has to be reported to the social media service providers that are mostly based abroad such as Facebook and Twitter, based on violations of the terms and conditions set by them,” he told the Dewan Negara sitting here today.
He also reminded that it is an offence under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 to make or create content that is obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in nature.
In June, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) pledged to monitor the existence of fake social media accounts and investigate any wrongdoing, as well as take the necessary enforcement action.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak had previously said that many fake social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter had been created of late for the purpose of spreading false information that might adversely impact the country's social and economic well-being, as well as national security.
Salleh was also quoted saying that Facebook reportedly took action recently against 30,000 fake accounts in France during the country's presidential election as part of its efforts to curb the proliferation of fake news. He said the authorities will work with Facebook to remove the fake accounts.

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