MCMC removes 80% of 3,877 fake social media accounts

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo says the government plans to introduce a new law to counter fake social media accounts.

KUALA LUMPUR: About 78% of the 3,877 fake accounts on social media detected by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) have been deleted as of September, the Dewan Rakyat was told.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said most of the accounts had been created for the purpose of disguise.

“The deletion of these social media accounts was done with the cooperation of social media platform providers in accordance with the terms and conditions set by them.

“A total of 1,564 links and content believed to have elements of cyberbullying were also detected by MCMC and 63% have been successfully deleted,” he said during question-and-answer time.

He was responding to a question from Ismail Sabri Yaakob (BN-Bera), who wanted to know the number of social media account owners who have been blocked and the reasons for it.

Gobind also said the ministry was looking at how existing laws related to fake accounts could be improved.

“I hope we can have a new law by the middle of next year. At the same time, enforcement is also important so that when there is a report by the public, action can be taken immediately.

“We will amend Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act soon. We see other countries in the region have introduced stringent new laws, such as in Singapore and Australia,” he said.

Gobind said this in response to a supplementary question from RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong), who wanted to know what the government proposed to do to address the increasing freedom of information sharing today, especially those with defamatory and fake elements.