Will the MCMC manage to ‘persuade’ Facebook, Google and Twitter to block ‘false info’?


Will the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) succeed in getting Facebook, Google or Twitter to agree to its request?

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17 August 2015

Malay Mail Online

Google Malaysia keeps mum on Putrajaya’s request to block ‘false info’

By Zurairi AR

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 — Google Malaysia declined today to comment on a minister’s directive for local regulators to press the firm to “step up” co-operation in blocking social media posts, saying only that it was in regular contact with authorities.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak today said he has instructed the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to meet with Google, Facebook and Twitter over errant social media posts.

“We have a good, longstanding working relationship with MCMC and we’re always in discussion and conversation,” a Google spokesman told Malay Mail Online.

Google also said it has already used its community guidelines in addition to local laws as cited by MCMC in dealing with takedown requests and complaints on video sharing platform YouTube.

It also explained that most of the requests from MCMC have been for YouTube, since its other products, such as the Blogspot blogging platform, do not use the Malaysia.com.my domain address.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/google-malaysia-keeps-mum-on-putrajayas-request-to-block-false-info?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed#sthash.XHQOYEyv.dpuf

Malay Mail Online

Minister tells MCMC to ask Facebook, Google and Twitter to block ‘false info’

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 — The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will ask social media giants such as Facebook, Google and Twitter soon to block “false information and rumours” on their platforms, a minister said today.

According to newly-appointed Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, Malaysia has outlawed the spread of false and unverified information, and making them accessible to the public is a breach of the laws.

“I have instructed the MCMC to meet social media platform providers—Facebook, Google and Twitter soon to seek their cooperation to stem the increasing tide of false information and rumours from spreading via their social media applications

“Although these three social media platform providers have been cooperating with various Malaysian authorities, the level of cooperation needs to be stepped up,” Salleh wrote on his blog.

He did not specify where and when the meetings will take place.

Salleh said that social media providers acted on 78 per cent of MCMC’s request for removal of content last year, with Facebook taking action on around 81 per cent of its request.

As at July 2015, Salleh said 49 per cent of its requests have been obliged this year, with YouTube taking action on 33 per cent of the requests, and Facebook 42 per cent.

“While social media providers have been cooperative, we are requesting them to be more sensitive with our local environment,” he added.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/minister-tells-mcmc-to-ask-facebook-google-and-twitter-to-block-false-info?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.JxOuKyt8.dpuf

Since his appointment in the hasty Cabinet reshuffle announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last week, Salleh has proposed amending the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and the MCMC Act 1998.

Salleh admitted earlier this month that the amendments are needed since Putrajaya has failed to fully stop the public from accessing sites such as whistleblowers Sarawak Report, despite the blocks put in place by MCMC.

Citing “national stability,” the MCMC had last month ordered all Internet service providers in Malaysia to block access to Sarawak Report’s website, pending a multi-agency taskforce’s investigation on corruption claims involving the controversial 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Putrajaya had previously pledged to ensure no censorship of the Internet in one of the Bills of Guarantee while forming the MSC Malaysia special economic zone in 1996.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/minister-tells-mcmc-to-ask-facebook-google-and-twitter-to-block-false-info?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#sthash.JxOuKyt8.dpuf

Friday 28 November 2014


Thursday November 27, 2014 MYT 5:19:09 PM

MCMC wants sit-down with Google, Facebook to discuss restricting terror content

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) wants to meet United States-based social website owners to discuss closing down user accounts suspected of inciting violence and those offending racial and religious sensitivities.

Its chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi  said that the commission would be applying to Facebook and YouTube (which is owned by Google Inc) to close accounts or videos which have been investigated by Malaysian police for containing elements influencing Malaysians to participate in militant activities.

He said a special MCMC team would assist police to track down suspects attempting to create tension in the country with racial and religious issues.

“However, we can only apply to the site owners and the decision is theirs. The fact is we cannot restrict social media and the Internet,” he said.

Mohamed Sharil said MCMC could not close specific individual accounts or restrict videos as the country would then have to block Facebook and YouTube access completely.

He said the action would not be in line with the national policy for Internet freedom and right to freedom of expression.

As such, he said the best move would be to educate the people in the country on smart Internet usage.


As of Thursday, 27 November 2014, Alvin Tan’s Facebook Page is still there. Dies it mean that Facebook has ignored the MCMC’s request?


Malay Mail Online

Putrajaya mulls censoring YouTube, websites for unapproved content

By Aizyl Azlee
Published: November 24, 2014 06:16 AM

PUTRAJAYA , Nov 24 — The Home Ministry is working with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to set up a firewall on websites, including YouTube, to ensure content which does not adhere to guidelines set by the Film Censorship Board is not viewed by Malaysians.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said it was vital for content on the Internet, including movies, to suit local culture and sensitivity.

“We are working with MCMC on this matter and I urge the commission to implement the system soon,” he said after officiating the 60th anniversary of the censorship board here yesterday.


The Real Singapore


The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) which is the country’s internet regulator, has asked Facebook to remove the Facebook page of Alvin Tan Jye Yee, the former NUS Scholar and Sex-blogger.

The MCMC claimed that the Facebook page is against Facebook’s terms and conditions and they have requested Facebook to remove his page.

Writing about their request, the MCMC Chairman, Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi wrote that “We condemn the irresponsible act of Alvin Tan on Facebook and find his actions distasteful. We have made a complaint to Facebook and have requested it to immediately remove the page as we believe it is also against the terms and conditions of service.”

“We remind the public to refrain from sharing sensitive content which may offend others,” he added.

Alvin Tan is currently facing criminal charges along with his ex girlfriend, Vivian Lee May Ling, for breaching Malaysia’s Sedition Act as well as the Film Censorship Act for various things they uploaded online.



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