Malaysia to monitor use of Facebook, YouTube

19:19, January 25, 2011      

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Malaysian Home Affairs Ministry is formulating publishing guidelines and preparing for the amendment of the country's existing publishing act so that power be given to the authorities to monitor the use of popular social and video sharing websites.

The Ministry's Secretary-General Mahmood Adam told reporters in Putrajaya, Malaysia's federal administration center, on Tuesday that the internet was nowadays widely used to disseminate information.

Therefore, there should be some rules and regulations to monitor the use of websites, including popular social website Facebook, and the video sharing page YouTube, said Mahmood.

According to Mahmood, there were leakages in the Malaysian law, resulting in the lack of internet regulatory in the country.

The bill of amendment has been submitted to the Malaysian Attorney-General's Chambers for further decision, said Mahmood, adding that he hoped it could be tabled in the Malaysian Parliament in March.

Mahmood said that once the amended act came into force, relevant actions could be effectively taken against individuals who spread rumors through the internet.

Under the Malaysian law, actions, including the revoke of publication licenses, can be taken against printed media and printing companies that publish untrue, provocative or deceiving news and articles.

However, the internet does not fall under the category of printed media.

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