The increase in fake news and hate speech online prompted the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to issue a warning.
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In light of the number of hate speech and content online, especially when it involves race and religion, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has released a statement.
MCMC interim chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Salim Fateh Din urged the public to respect the results of the 15th general election (GE15) and the appointment of Malaysia’s 10th prime minister by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
He added that MCMC will continue to keep an eye out for anyone disseminating fake news and statements, especially content relating to the 3Rs (Royalty, Religion, and Race).
Under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, anyone found guilty of sharing fake news and news that is threatening in nature can face fines of RM50,000 or one-year imprisonment or both.
On Monday (21 November), there has been an increase in online content of a racial nature which prompted the police to issue a statement.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani warned the public not to create and upload provocative content that could lead to civil unrest.
In a statement dated 24 November, MCMC also warned the public not to re-upload content that has been taken down or from removed accounts.