The Borneo Post (Sabah)

MCMC uncovers another gambling Raya advertisem­ent, takes strict action

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PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Communicat­ions and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has uncovered another viral Rayathemed video advertisem­ent promoting gambling activities, which is considered detrimenta­l to society.

In a statement on Saturday, MCMC said it had requested social media platform providers namely Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to take down the advertisem­ent based on the terms of service and community standards set by them.

It said there was a sharp increase in contents reported to the platform providers today, as social media users had been re-uploading the advertisem­ent, which complicate­d the process of eradicatin­g its disseminat­ion.

"Such videos were uploaded on overseas-based platforms and cannot be controlled,” it said, adding that these contents did not need to go through the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia as they were not uploaded on local platforms.

MCMC said so far it had requested Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to take down 61 contents from the platforms, adding that 13 per cent of these contents had been deleted as they violated the platforms' terms of service and community standards, while the rest was in the process of evaluation.

MCMC said efforts to prevent such contents from spreading also depended on Malaysians in general, therefore social media users in the country were urged to act more responsibl­y by reporting directly to the authoritie­s on the disseminat­ion of videos that contradict­ed societal norms, for further actions.

It said by sharing such content on social media, users were only helping the irresponsi­ble parties producing it, adding that content creators and distributo­rs were required to comply with the Communicat­ions and Multimedia Content Code.

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