The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) announced1 a review of the current online content regulation and framework.
In more detail
The interim chairman of MCMC announced that MCMC is undertaking a review of the current online content regulation and framework. This was shared following recent publication of online content deemed to be harmful to national security and harmony. He also noted that countries in the region such as Indonesia, Singapore and Australia have introduced direct regulatory oversight on social media service providers, holding them to greater accountability and responsibility when managing harmful content.
The review of the online content regulation and framework would cover:
- Aspects pertaining to licensing
- The relevance of existing penalties
- The need of introducing new laws
The development in Malaysia is in line with developments in other countries in this region. For instance, the Australia’s Online Safety Act 2021 was passed in July 2021 to introduce basic online safety expectations for social media services, relevant electronic services and designated internet services. Closer to home, the Singapore’s Online Safety (Miscellaneous Amendment) Bill was passed in November 2022 to amend the Broadcasting Act so that online communication services can be regulated.
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