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Najib Criticises Those Spreading Fake News On Election

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KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today criticised the action of social media users who share fake news concerning the general election. In his twitter entry today Najib provided an example of a user’s recording in the social website that purportedly cheating had occurred in the voting process. “The writer is…

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Over 50 Percent Of 1500 Fake News Being Investigated

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CYBERJAYA – The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is investigating more than 50 per cent of 1,500 fake news that have been verified via the sebenarnya.my portal. Its chief operating officer Datuk Dr Mazlan Ismail said so far 40 individuals have been charged and most of them were Malaysians living in the country. “Of…

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Fake News: Challenge Facing Mainstream Media

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KUALA LUMPUR – The presence of news portals, fueled by the spread of unverified news on social media, has resulted in the glut of false and controversial news. Senior lecturer, Communication Department, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Dr Syed Agil Alsagoff said it affected the people, the information delivery industry and the mainstream media. “I see…

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No Plan Yet Special Court To Hear Fake News Cases

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KUALA LUMPUR – The government has no plan as yet to set up a special court to hear cases under the Anti-Fake News Act 2018, the Dewan Rakyat was told today. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said that for now the cases would be heard in the Sessions Court.…

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Tabung Haji Reminder To Staff Over Fake News

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KUALA LUMPUR – In the wake of the dissemination of all kinds of news in the run-up to the 14th General Election, pilgrims fund Tabung Haji has reminded its staff to verify all information received before distributing it. Sources said the TH management wants its employees to always maintain integrity and ensure that their conduct…

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Anti-Fake News Bill To Be Debated In Parliament Today (March 29)

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KUALA LUMPUR – The controversial Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 is expected to be debated in the Dewan Rakyat later Thursday (March 29). According to the Dewan Rakyat’s Order Paper, the Bill is slotted at No 4 for its second reading in the House’s agenda for the day. Before it, there are three motions from the…

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Canbinet Gives Nod To Anti-Fake News Bill

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Anti-Fake News Bill was presented to and passed by the Cabinet today, said Minister-in-the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said. She said first reading of the bill in the Dewan Rakyat is scheduled for next week. “A briefing session for backbenchers and opposition MPs on the bill will be…

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GE14: UMNO All Out TO Counter Fake News

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KUALA LUMPUR – The UMNO Information bureau has drawn up strategy to counter false news and perception spread by the opposition through the social media in facing the 14th general election (GE14). UMNO Information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musam when met by Bernama, said issues facing the bureau now were no longer “stereotype” and “predictable”,…

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Check Before Spreading Fake News On Social Media

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KUALA LUMPUR – The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has urged the public to check the authenticity of news they received through social media before spreading it to other people. The spreading of fake news is a social ill that could be detrimental not only to individuals, but also to the nation as a whole, according…

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Curbing Fake News Does Not Restriction Freedom Of Speech

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KUALA LUMPUR – The government does not intend to control or restrict the freedom of speech, which goes with responsibility and accountability, through the proposed formulation of a law to curb fake news , said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. He said freedom of speech, if used in an irresponsible manner, including to…

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Society Must Be Media Literate To Fight Fake News

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  SEOUL – A media literate society would approach information received via social media analytically, according to an academician. State Arizona University professor, Dan Gillmor said if the society understood media literacy and became knowledgeable, they could discern between true information and misinformation as well as be able to distinguish fake news. Gillmor who teaches…

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Google Cashes In On Fake News And Helps Support Its Purveyors

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ON one website page with four Google-served ads, we learn that if you don’t support President Donald Trump, God could punish you by giving you a gay child. On another, we find out that the US Supreme Court has decreed that American schoolchildren won’t learn about Islam, other than to learn how to stop radical…

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Germany Plans Tougher Measures Against Hate Speech, Fake News

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BERLIN: Top officials in Germany’s ruling coalition said they planned legislation to crack down on “hate speech” and fake news on Facebook and other social media platforms, and impose stiff penalties if such messages were not quickly removed. Politicians are worried about how hate speech and fake news could sway public opinion ahead of elections…

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