MCMC PICKS UP 6 FOR SPREAD­ING FAKE NEWS ON FACE­BOOK

They were al­leged to have caused panic by their false Face­book posts on halal meat

New Straits Times - - Front Page - TEOH PEI YING KA­JANG news@nst.com.my

THE Malaysian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Com­mis­sion (MCMC) hauled in six peo­ple nationwide yes­ter­day for al­legedly spread­ing fake news on Face­book.

The sus­pects, four women and two men, be­tween 20 and 40 years of age, were taken from their homes in Pen­dang, Kedah; Kuala Pi­lah, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan; Hulu Lan­gat, Pu­chong, Ka­par and Seri Kem­ban­gan in Se­lan­gor.

They were ques­tioned for al­legedly dis­sem­i­nat­ing fake news re­gard­ing halal and non-halal frozen meat, which were pur­port­edly found stored to­gether in a con­tainer at Port of Tan­jung Pelepas (PTP) in Jo­hor.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions were car­ried out with po­lice as­sis­tance un­der Sec­tion 233 (1)(a) of the MCMC Act 1998 for im­proper use of net­work fa­cil­i­ties or net­work ser­vice.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tions fol­lowed a pub­lic com­plaint filed with MCMC against the Face­book post.

MCMC En­force­ment and In­ves­ti­ga­tion di­vi­sion head Datuk Mohd Shafie Harun said the sus­pects had shared on their per­sonal Face­book pages, say­ing that frozen halal and non-halal meats — lamb and pork — were found stored to­gether in 74 con­tain­ers.

“They had cre­ated pub­lic panic, caus­ing Malaysians not to con­sume lamb, for ex­am­ple.

“We un­der­stood that they shared the post be­cause they cared, but we (would like to) ad­vise so­cial me­dia users to ver­ify the au­then­tic­ity of the news be­fore shar­ing it,” he said at Ka­jang po­lice head­quar­ters here yes­ter­day.

MCMC has iden­ti­fied 14 peo­ple, in­clud­ing the six ar­rested yes­ter­day, for the probe and is ex­pected to ques­tion the re­main­ing in­di­vid­u­als soon.

Shafie said the six were re­leased af­ter hav­ing their state­ments recorded.

PIC BY KHAIRULL AZRY BIDIN

MCMC En­force­ment and In­ves­ti­ga­tion di­vi­sion head Datuk Mohd Shafie Harun speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence in front of the Ka­jang po­lice head­quar­ters yes­ter­day.

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