We are watching you, cops warn those misusing social media

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman Al-Ishsal Ishak (left) and Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Mazlan Mansor.

CYBERJAYA: If you post something sensitive or something that can harm public peace on social media, police can nab you within 24 hours if there is a complaint.

“But if the person creates a diversion, like changing the website or platform, then it may take more time,” said Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) director Mazlan Mansor.

However, he said police are still searching for some perpetrators in a number of cases.

“There are also those who make accusations from areas out of our jurisdiction but we have profiled such social media users for future reference,” he said.

Last week, it was reported that police arrested a man for posting an insulting comment on Hinduism on a social media platform.

The 52-year-old is being prosecuted under Section 298A of the Penal Code and Section 223 of the Communications and Multimedia Act.

Last month, four people were charged over information they circulated on Facebook against Islam and Prophet Muhammad.

One of the four was sentenced to 10 years’ jail after pleading guilty to 10 such offences.

Mazlan warned the public today that they are on 24-hour watch to detect any cybercrime activities on social media platforms.

He said both the police and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) were tracking Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.

“Don’t blame us if you are arrested. Don’t invite problems,” Mazlan said during a press conference by police and MCMC on their special joint committee set up to monitor cyber crimes.

“I find that society today chooses not to heed any advice given. Some are doing it on purpose but this will have bad implications for them,” he warned.

MCMC chairman Al-Ishsal Ishak said they had not ordered Facebook to shut down accounts of those circulating a video on the Christchurch shootings.

On another matter, Al-Ishsal said the commission would only take action against certain eSports if such cyber games violate the law.