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Regulating the spread of false content online in Malaysia: issues, challenges and the way forward

Daud, Mahyuddin and Zulhuda, Sonny (2020) Regulating the spread of false content online in Malaysia: issues, challenges and the way forward. International Journal of Business and Society, 21 (S1). pp. 32-48.

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It has been witnessed that the booming of digital technologies had stimulated positive impact towards usage of social media. Although this has been fruitful for the country especially in the age of digital economy, it is also disturbing to note that social media has turned into a ‘nesting ground’ to spread lies and rumours. False content had caused confusion and misunderstanding – especially when public interest is at stake. Some tarnishes the good name of not only country’s leaders but also government officials. Hence, this paper analyses legal framework on regulation of false content online in Malaysia and selected jurisdictions. In particular, three recent initiatives were also highlighted, namely (1) introduction of a website – ‘Sebenarnya.my’ designed to verify authenticity of news; (2) emplacing liability on WhatsApp group administrator to monitor false content; and enactment of the Anti-Fake News Act 2018. The extent of how far these new initiatives to effectively curb the spread of false content is yet to be seen. Nevertheless, the paper records some key observations, issues and challenges concerning the three initiatives. In gearing towards a healthier, dynamic and progressive digital society, it should be reminded that proactive measures taken must be balanced with constitutional right to freedom of expression within specified boundaries set by the laws.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6395/78336
Uncontrolled Keywords: False information; Social media; Content regulation; Freedom of expression.
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Civil Law
Depositing User: Dr. Mahyuddin Daud
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2020 12:52
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2020 12:52
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/78336

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