MCMC announces stern action to regulate digital content over scams and more


The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) recently announced that it will take “stern action” against social media platforms and certain applications that “have not been effective at self-regulating the use of their platforms in line with Malaysia’s laws and national interests”. This is in response to 11858 scam complaints, RM1.2 billion in losses and 2125 reported fake news as of April 2023. 

As such, “MCMC strongly recommends regulatory oversight and intervention” particularly for those in charge of these platforms. Actions could include imposing criminal sanctions and orders against these platforms. While it means that there may not be any outright bans in the near future, the warning has been made.

What do you think? Personally, we’ve reported any number of scams, fake news and misleading ads, but they keep appearing in our feeds and pages, so it would be nice if socmed platform operators actually listened. Is this a step in the right direction or merely a drop in the ocean? Share your thoughts in the comments and stay tuned to