Govt launches ‘’ to combat false news


PUTRAJAYA: The government has launched, an information verification portal, in its effort to combat the spread of false news in the country.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak said the portal, developed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), is among the efforts undertaken by the government in putting a stop to the spread of false news that is becoming more rampant of late.

“Through the portal, the public will not only be able to verify the authenticity of news items they receive either through social media, SMS, blogs or websites, they can also report dubious news items to the portal to have it verified by official channels or the relevant government agencies involved,” he said during the portal’s official launching ceremony yesterday.

He added that all related information would be gathered, analysed, validated and uploaded to the portal for reference by the public regardless of their political background.

“Until now, there have been more than 4,333 complaints relating to social media abuse and out of it, 36 complaints are on the spread of false news.

“False news not only confuses but could also threaten security, prosperity and the well-being of the people and country,” he said.

He added that spreading false news is a violation under Section 233 of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998 where those found guilty could be fined up to RM50,000 or face a maximum jail term of one year or both. – The Sun


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