Selangor Journal

Biar Betul! special segment to counter fake news on RTM starting October

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 27 — Starting October1, a special segment called Biar Betul! will be introduced and aired on Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) in a bid to counter and curb the spread of fake news and disinformation among the public.

According to Communications Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil, the less-than-a-minute segment will be aired after the Berita Kanta 744 slot on TV1 (7.44pm), on the Berita RTM channel. It will also be repeated on all RTM social media platforms and RTM Radio channels.

“This initiative is a collaboration between the portal under the supervision of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), and MyCheck Malaysia under the purview of the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), which are entrusted with combating fake news and disinformation through various media platforms,” he said at a press conference today.

Reiterating a recent viral video claiming an increase of RM10 to RM15 in health clinic charges, Fahmi said the video has reached 2.8 million views, demonstrating how quickly such false information can poison people’s minds.

Other than the Biar Betul! initiative, there were also discussions between the ministry and service providers like Meta, TikTok, and Telegram, to ensure full cooperation is given to law enforcers to curb the spread of such fake news and information.

Members of the public can also channel their reports on false or dubious information via, or by calling 1800-188-030 or WhatsApp to 016-2206262.

— Bernama

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