Selangor Journal

MCMC blocks obscene content per police requests, complaints — Minister

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 — The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will take down or block any obscene content based on the police’s request after receiving user reports and complaints.

Deputy Communications and Digital Minister Teo Nie Ching said the MCMC does not play the role of Internet police but instead provides technical assistance in terms of investigation, supplying of information, digital forensic analysis and implementation of action to block and take down content.

Deputy Communications and Digital Minister Teo Nie Ching being interviewed by Perak FM during her visit to Kompleks Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah in Ipoh, Perak, on February 26, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

“The MCMC does not play the role of Internet police in this matter; only when we receive an application from the police or other enforcement agencies will we take action to take down or block the content.

“As such, it is important that anyone, be it the public or MPs, if you come across lewd content, please report it to the police, and MCMC will then take follow-up action,” she said during the question-and-answer session in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Teo was replying to a supplementary question from Jasin MP Zulkifli Ismail regarding MCMC’s action in taking down or blocking lewd content on social media platforms, with the need to create a special platform for the public to send complaints regarding such content.

She admitted that MCMC and the ministry faced difficulties tackling lewd content, especially on closed platforms or applications, like groups or channels.

From January 1 to November 15, the MCMC blocked a total of 118 porn websites based on police requests, while 76 such content were taken down on social media platforms for violating community standards as stipulated by the social media platform providers.

— Bernama

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