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Malaysia’s regulator: 72% content removals for gambling, scams

June 24, 2024 Malaysia Crime & LegaliGaming & Gambling

The nation’s internet watchdog, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), emphasized that promotions linked to scams and gambling accounted for 72% of material removals. MCMC denied being used to stifle criticism from the government, highlighting its responsibility under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 to safeguard Malaysian internet users and promote online safety, especially for children.

This explanation was provided in response to queries expressed by seasoned reporter R. In a June 19 opinion piece, Nadeswaran proposed that the government should abuse its agencies in order to stifle criticism. The CMA 1998, other Malaysian laws, or community standards are the basis for removal requests made by social media companies, according to MCMC, which refuted these claims.

MCMC revealed on June 13 that 53% of content removal requests focused on online gaming on several platforms. Additional removals dealt with topics like harassment, scams, and issues pertaining to race, religion, and royalty (the three Rs). MCMC underscored its cooperative endeavors with social media platforms and its efforts to protect the online space from detrimental and illicit activity.

Although the MCMC affirmed that criticism of the government and politicians is permissible within the law, it also recognized that media freedom is subject to regulatory restrictions, especially when it comes to sensitive subjects. In order to improve internet safety and security in Malaysia, the commission urged public participation as well as collaboration from civil society and the media.

Original Story by: AGB

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