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Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) announced1 A review of current online content regulations and frameworks.
MCMC’s Interim Chairman announced that MCMC is reviewing its current online content regulations and framework. This was shared after the recent publication of online content deemed harmful to national security and harmony. He also said countries in the region such as Indonesia, Singapore and Australia have introduced direct regulatory oversight over their providers of social media services, holding them to greater accountability and responsibility in controlling harmful content. I also mentioned that
The online content regulation and framework review covers:
- Licensing aspects
- Relevance of existing penalties
- The Need to Introduce New Laws
Developments in Malaysia are in line with developments in other countries in the region. For example, Australia’s Online Safety Act 2021 was passed in July 2021, introducing basic online safety expectations for social media services, related electronic services, and designated Internet services. Singapore has passed the Online Safety (Other Amendments) Bill amending the Broadcasting Act to allow regulation of online communication services in November 2022.
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