Yesterday, we reported that TikTok is on “high alert” for any provocative and offensive content on their platform because there are an increasing number of videos trying to incite chaos. The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and police are also monitoring the internet and warning netizens not to upload and share offensive content.
Today, MCMC has released a press release saying that they are working together with TikTok and Instagram and have removed 101 offensive content so far.
MCMC also warned the netizens not to re-upload and reshare any removed content on social media or face the consequences for breaking the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, Section 233.
Section 233 reads:
A person who –
- by means of any network facilities or network service or applications service knowingly
- makes, creates or solicits; and
- initiates the transmission of, any comment, request, suggestion or other communication which is obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person; or
- initiates a communication using any applications service, whether continuously, repeatedly or otherwise, during which communication may or may not ensue, with or without disclosing his identity and with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any person at any number or electronic address, commits an offence.
Anyone caught breaking this law will be subjected to a fine of RM50,000, a year’s jail, or both if convicted.
To date, the PDRM-MCMC Cyber Task Force has received 36 complaints from the public and they have managed to solve 20 of them. They are also investigating 12 cases currently.