MCMC warns against uploading hateful content on race, religion, royalty

The MCMC says the public must not upload or spread hateful content about race, religion and royalty. – EPA pic, March 19, 2023.

THE Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) today reminded the public not to upload or share hateful content or views involving race, religion and royalty (3R) on social media and messaging apps. 

Its chairman Mohamad Salim Fateh Din said this following recent incidents involving hateful 3R content, which are feared to adversely affect public order and harmony. 

“Hate speech or (hate) photographs refer to words or pictures that accuse or degrade a person based on race, ethnicity, religion, or nationality,” he said in a statement today. 

He said MCMC will continue to monitor the dissemination of inauthentic information and malicious content about 3R. 

He said the dissemination of false, offensive and threatening content is an offence under section 233 of the MCMC Act 1998.

“Enforcement action will be jointly taken with police against those involved, in accordance with existing legal provisions, to protect public order and the interests of citizens,” Salim said. 

He urged administrators of online news portals, social media sites, and messaging apps to monitor comments made by users on their platforms. 

“Social media platform providers are asked to be more responsible by deleting provocative and dangerous content when detected,” he said.

He urged members of the public who come across any inciting or provoking 3R content to lodge a report with MCMC through the complaint portal, complaint line at 1800-188-030, WhatsApp at 016-2206 262, and email at [email protected]

“People can also channel information or report fake news through this link,” he said. – Bernama, March 19, 2023.

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