Malaysian government launches portal to combat fake news

The Malaysian government, through its communications and multimedia minister, announced on March 14th the launch of Sebenarnya.my portal to verify news spread through social media platforms.

According to the minister, information will be gathered, analyzed, validated, and uploaded to the portal regardless of its political background and will be made available to the public in order to authenticate news.

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

As of date, about 1,000 false news have already spread across the country, which is not only a cause for confusion but is potentially dangerous to the security, prosperity, and well-being of the Southeast Asian country.

This, of course, is not an isolated case as fake news has infiltrated even the American and European governments. While both Facebook and Google have started rolling out measures to curb false news, the thin line between what is fake and what is supposed to be humor is a logjam for these social giants to remain wary of stifling anybody’s opinion.