Fahmi: We’ve Received More Than 400 Complaints About New Media This Month And It’s Worrying

And it’s only January.
(credit Malay Mail)

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If you are thinking what is new media? Here’s the answer. New media refers to forms of digital or internet-based media, such as websites, social media platforms, and digital video and audio content.

It differs from traditional forms of media, such as television, radio, and print newspapers, in that it is interactive, easily shared and distributed, and often created and consumed on personal devices. It also allows for two-way communication and user-generated content.

Malay Mail reports that the Communications and Digital Minister, Fahmi Fadzil, stated that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has received a high number of complaints, 444 in total, regarding new media this year.

He expressed concern about this figure and revealed that the MCMC is planning to enhance their efforts in combating the spread of false information, hate speech, and online scams through various programs and activities.

(Complaints received) only in January and this is worrying, I hope this initiative can not only be continued but also multiplied to drive Malaysia towards a positive cyber world.

Communications and Digital Minister, Fahmi Fadzil.

Fahmi proposed, in the meantime, that MCMC use public feedback to enhance the Kilk Dengan Bijak (KDB) project in light of the recent development.

KDB is a project that was started in 2012 with the goal of educating and raising awareness among Internet users about online security by emphasising self-control in accordance with Rukun Negara principles.

Fahmi stated that he wants to have a discussion with the MCMC, particularly with schools, public and private higher education institutions, as they are the individuals who are a part of the digital economy that Malaysia is developing.

He also expressed his support for the KDB initiative because it educates the public on how to use the internet in a productive, responsible, and positive manner.

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