Police set up special team to monitor social media
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 — The police have set up a special team comprising personnel from the Criminal Investigation Department and the Commercial Crime Investigation Department to monitor sensitive statements on social media.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin said the special team would be headed by Bukit Aman Deputy Director (Investigations and Law), Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh.
“The social network is now a platform for individuals to make all kinds of statements which are seditious, insulting and touching on sensitivities of races in this country.
“The team was formed specifically to look at these offences on the internet,” he told reporters after officiating a ceremony to present letters of appreciation to conscientious road users and to the best contingent or district during the Op Selamat 5/2014, held in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri, here today.
Bakri was commenting on the statements which were seditious and touched on racial and religious sensitivities on Facebook.
On the suggestion that social media offenders be investigated under the Special Offences (Security Measures) Act (Sosma), Bakri said investigations would cover all aspects.
“It is difficult for us to prove an offence because internet usage is so broad. So we have to look at all aspects, whether to use the SOSMA Act or otherwise as these are the existing laws,” he said adding that police would not take any action on any issue without justification and evidence.
He also said the police welcome any suggestions to register all Facebook account users with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission so as to identify account holders easily.
“We have to look from the angle of national security and harmony. If need be, we will make suggestions that can be accepted by the public,” he said.
Last Friday, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the government would study the possibility of closing down Facebook, following abuse of such service on social media.
He said the ministry would conduct a study to gather public views and opinion on the suggestion. — Bernama