PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Salleh Keruak (pic) has reminded Malaysians to not simply share, forward or retweet without first verifying the authenticity of news pieces.
The Communications and Multimedia Minister said fabricated news stories make their way on social media timelines to mislead the public, or in order for individuals to make money, when people click on a site or article.
"This makes fake news much more insidious than real news," he wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.
Basing his argument on an analysis by digital media agency Buzzfeed, Salleh said hoaxes about United States politics were among the top-performing fake news stories on Facebook in 2016.
"BuzzFeed News Media Editor Craig Silverman said that 23 of the 50 top-performing fake news hoaxes found on Facebook were focused on US politics," he said.
The same sentiment was shared by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who addressed the proliferation of fake news on his Facebook page.
"In using social media and other communication platforms, we need to be responsible users, so don't be too quick to hit the Share