KOTA BARU - The Government is looking into introducing laws to curb fake news, which is a threat to political stability and public order, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the move was necessary because the people could be instigated to hate the Government or commit uprisings due to the influence of fake news.
“We don’t want fake news to spread. This does not mean we control the Internet. The Internet is free, but the freedom must exist with elements of accountability,” he told reporters here after attending a gathering with Kelantan federal and state civil servants here yesterday.
Giving an example, Najib said the Opposition made a now-debunked claim during the last general election that 40,000 Bangladeshis were roped in to cast their votes for the Barisan Nasional.
It was reported that Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May wanted to set up a new unit to intensify efforts to address the spread of fake news and prevent the dissemination of inaccurate information by other countries.
French President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to introduce a new law that banned fake news on the Internet during the country’s election campaign.
Earlier, during a