Social media reps meet in Parliament over fake news law

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KUALA LUMPUR: Representatives of social media providers, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, met in the Parliament building yesterday to give their views on the government’s proposed fake news bill.

Minister in Prime Minister’s department Azalina Othman Said said there was positive response from the social media providers.

“The meeting is crucial to ensure the proposed law is comprehensive and covers all aspects. The action is also proof that the government is inclusive in drawing a policy or a law,” she said in a statement today.

The Pengerang MP said others who attended the meeting were representatives of Google, Asia Internet Coalition and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). The meeting was organised by the Asian International Arbitration Centre.

“As it has been stressed before, the proposed laws are to curb fake news that could be a threat to public peace and the country’s security,” Azalina said.

Last week, Azalina had said that the tabling of the bill to curb fake news was important as there was no clear definition of fake news in existing laws.

The current sitting of Parliament is scheduled for 20 days until April 5.

This Dewan Rakyat sitting will be the final session before Parliament is dissolved for the 14th general election (GE14).