Meta Could Face Legal Consequences in Malaysia for its Failure to Remove ‘Undesirable’ Posts

Malaysia has announced its intention to take legal action against Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, for failing to remove “undesirable” posts. This marks the strongest measure taken by the country thus far to address such content.

Since assuming power in November after a closely contested election, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s administration has been committed to curbing provocative posts that touch on race and religion, which have contributed to rising ethnic tensions in the Southeast Asian nation.

In a statement, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission stated that Facebook has recently been inundated with a substantial amount of undesirable content related to race, royalty, religion, defamation, impersonation, online gambling, and scam advertisements. Despite repeated requests, Meta has failed to take adequate action, necessitating legal measures to promote cybersecurity accountability and consumer protection.

Meta has not responded to the request for comment.

When asked about the potential legal action, the commission stated in an email on Saturday that offenses under Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 could include the abuse of network facilities or application services. If prompt action is not taken, company officials may also face charges for willfully providing means and aiding criminal activity.

Malaysia grapples with sensitive issues surrounding race and religion, as the country is predominantly Muslim with substantial ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities. Negative remarks towards the country’s revered royals can also lead to charges under sedition laws.

This action against Facebook comes just weeks before elections in six states, which are expected to pit Anwar’s multi-ethnic coalition against a conservative Malay Muslim alliance.

With an estimated 60% of Malaysia’s population of 33 million having a registered account, Facebook is the country’s largest social media platform.

Globally, major social media companies like Meta, Google’s YouTube, and TikTok often face regulatory scrutiny for the content posted on their platforms.

Several Southeast Asian governments have frequently requested the removal of content. In 2020, Vietnam threatened to shut down Facebook in the country if it did not comply with government demands to censor more local political content. Similarly, Indonesia saw Facebook take down numerous local accounts, pages, and groups linked to a fake news syndicate in 2019.

© Thomson Reuters 2023


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