Social media firms laud action against fake news

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KUALA LUMPUR ― Representatives from tech giant Google and other social media platform providers like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have been consulted for their input on the government’s plan to enact a law against fake news.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, who met them as well as representatives from the Asia Internet Coalition at Parliament, said yesterday the meeting was to ensure the government covered all bases before introducing the law.

“We have had positive response during our discussion with the social media platform providers. This meeting is important to ensure that the bill will be comprehensive and can cover all aspects. This is also a reflection that the government has an inclusive attitude,” Azalina said in a statement.

The meeting was held in Parliament on Monday and included the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

Azalina said a workshop on fake news was organised by a Special Committee at the Asian International Arbitration Centre (Malaysia) for relevant government agencies.

She was confident the upcoming law will be able to curb the spread of fake news.

During his royal address at the opening of the current parliamentary session, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, voiced his support for a law against fake news, saying it is “timely”.

“Presently, social media has a significant influence in shaping the values and culture of the society. All parties should play their role in safeguarding good character and moral values within the society,” he said.

Last week, Azalina expressed confidence the final draft for the law will be ready in about a week’s time.