Fahmi Fadzil & MCMC to meet with Meta next week over recent coordinated spread of fake news on Facebook

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Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil has announced that his Ministry alongside the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will be holding a meeting with Meta next week to discuss several matters. These include online safety and the spread of fake news on Meta platforms.

According to Bernama, Fahmi said that among the issues to be raised in the meeting on Monday are actions by certain parties abusing Meta platforms such as Facebook to distort facts and spread fake news. He added that since yesterday, his Ministry has found a series of arranged messages and coordinated messaging operations initiated by several figures and parties. 



The Communications Minister added that these irresponsible parties are making shallow and malicious accusations on Facebook, alleging that this year there is no national or international-level Quran Recitation Assembly in Malaysia. Fahmi has since instructed MCMC to investigate and identify all involved in this influence operation and take firm action. 

Besides that, the issue of underage children below 13 years old opening social media accounts on Meta platforms will also be raised in the meeting. Fahmi stressed that children under the age of 13 shouldn’t and can’t have accounts on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp but they do not provide strict mechanisms to prevent this. He further asserted that if Meta refuses to cooperate, the Ministry will take several actions against the platform provider and colluding parties. 

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