BERA – The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is taking action against almost 1,500 fake accounts on various social media platforms between January and June this year, says Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
The Communications and Multimedia Minister said that the MCMC has received complaints against such fake accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others, which were used for negative purposes such as dissemination of fake news and content.
“The false information was about political issues and about politicians in this country,” he told reporters after opening the Bera Umno division delegates conference, here, Sunday.
Also present was Bera MP Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is also Rural and Regional Development Minister.
Salleh who is also Umno treasurer, said that the MCMC had taken action such as reporting the accounts involved to the social media platform providers for the removal of these accounts and to carry out further investigations for law enforcement purposes.
He also called on netizens who come across suspected fake accounts or those publishing fake news or information to report it to the social media platform concerned.
He said the MCMC was also studying options to get the online media to register with MCMC, according to certain set criteria.
“Any portal or website which can be categorised as online media need to be registered so that they can be monitored and action taken against them if they report fake or malicious news,” he said.