FB, Twitter, Baidu sieving out fake accounts, says Salleh


KUALA LUMPUR: Nearly 80% of 3,047 fake accounts on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have been deleted for violating the terms and conditions set by the respective providers.

These 3,047 fake accounts on various social media platforms were identified between January and September this year, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak.

Internet giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google China’s Baidu Inc were cooperating with the government in this matter, he added.

He said these social media providers were constantly being pressured to improve on their algorithms by using a combination of technology and content authorisation to minimise fake news, he said.

“Let us remind ourselves if we come across suspected fake accounts or fake news or information.

“We should use the ‘report’ facility provided by the relevant social media concerned, so that the action can be taken as soon as practicable.

“We can also report to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) such acts to take action.

“Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA 98) makes it an offence ‘to make or create content that is obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in nature’,” he added.

Salleh called on all Malaysians to help defend the country from fake news or accounts which had bad intent and are defamatory or seditious in nature.

“Respect in our diversity and harmony must be strengthened as a Malaysian way of life,” he said in his latest post on his blog sskeruak.blogspot.my today.

He said it was time for people to make full use of initiatives like the sebenarnya.my portal and make it a habit to check the authenticity of the news first before sharing it with others.