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TikTok Fails to Fully Comply with Local Laws in Malaysia, Says Government

Updated: Jan 8

The Malaysian communications minister, Fahmi Fadzil, has stated that TikTok has not done enough to curb defamatory or misleading content in the country.

Credits: REUTERS

He also mentioned that the popular short video application has failed to comply with several unspecified local laws. These remarks were made after a meeting between the minister and TikTok representatives.

Fahmi Fadzil highlighted the need for TikTok to address issues related to content distribution and advertising purchases, following numerous complaints. The minister stated that TikTok had assured him of their cooperation with the government.

TikTok's shortcomings were attributed to the absence of a representative in Malaysia at present.

No further details were provided by Fahmi Fadzil regarding the specific violations or actions that need to be taken by TikTok.

The company has not yet responded to the minister's remarks or the request for comment on the meeting.

TikTok, owned by Chinese firm ByteDance, has faced increased scrutiny in Southeast Asia. Last week, Indonesia's government halted transactions on the platform following a ban on e-commerce trade on social media. Additionally, Vietnam is currently investigating the app for its content deemed "toxic."

In recent months, Malaysia has intensified its scrutiny of online content, particularly posts that touch on sensitive topics such as race, religion and royalty. The government has expressed its commitment to curbing provocative posts. Earlier this year, legal action was threatened against Facebook parent company Meta for violating the Communications and Multimedia Act, but the plan was dropped after discussions with the company.

  • TikTok has been criticised by the Malaysian government for failing to curb defamatory or misleading content.

  • The short video app has also been accused of non-compliance with unspecified local laws.

  • The Malaysian communications minister emphasised the need for TikTok to address content distribution and advertising issues.

Sources: REUTERS

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