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Published: Sunday August 10, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday August 10, 2014 MYT 6:48:02 AM

To ban FB or not, that’s the Govt’s query

KUALA LUMPUR: Following a string of reports concerning the abuse of Facebook, the Govern-ment is faced with the question – should it be shut down?

“If the people are of the opinion that Facebook should be closed, we are prepared to look into the matter,” said Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

“But it is a radical approach,” he told reporters after closing the Cheras Wanita Umno delegates meeting here yesterday.

Nonetheless, Ahmad Shabery said it would be quite impossible to close the social network site as there were 15 million Malaysian users compared to the 2,000-odd reports of abuse received.

He said his ministry is conducting studies to gather the public views on the matter.

“Many businesses use Facebook; others to forge family ties and have nothing to do with politics,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

“Should we completely close it down because of 2,000 reports? We need to re-look this.”

In Malacca, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron said Facebook users should be careful and mindful of what they shared.

He said the prospect of closing down Facebook was raised because of the frequent cases of abuse.

Idris advised Facebook users to use the social media platform to share similarities with each other rather than harp on one another’s differences.

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Tags / Keywords: Government, Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Facebook

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