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Malaysia to Issue Warning to TikTok and Meta Over Alleged Blocking of Pro-Palestinian Content

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

The communications regulator in Malaysia is set to issue a warning to social media giants TikTok and Meta (formerly known as Facebook) for allegedly blocking pro-Palestinian content on their platforms.

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Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil stated that if the issue is ignored, he will take a firm approach.

He emphasised that Malaysians have the right to freedom of speech regarding the Palestinian cause and that this right will not be taken away.

Fahmi revealed that many parties have urged the government to take action against social media platforms for allegedly restricting pro-Palestinian content. However, a spokesperson from Meta denied the claim, stating that there is "no truth" to the accusation and that their policies are designed to ensure user safety while allowing everyone to have a voice. TikTok has not yet responded to requests for comment.

This development comes two weeks after Fahmi criticised TikTok for not fully complying with Malaysia's laws and not doing enough to address defamatory or misleading content. In response, TikTok pledged to take proactive measures to tackle the issues raised.

Fahmi is scheduled to meet with TikTok representatives next week to discuss the matter further. The warning to TikTok and Meta reflects Malaysia's commitment to upholding freedom of speech and ensuring that social media platforms do not impede the expression of pro-Palestinian sentiments.

  • Malaysia's communications regulator will issue a warning to TikTok and Meta for allegedly blocking pro-Palestinian content on their platforms.

  • Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil emphasised Malaysians' right to freedom of speech regarding the Palestinian cause.

  • Meta denied the accusation, stating that their policies prioritise user safety and inclusivity.


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