Malaysia media watchdog orders social media platforms to remove Christchurch attack videos

Police officers gather outside Linwood mosque after shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 16, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said on Wednesday (March 20) it has contacted all social media platforms to take down any video of the Christchurch shootings.

The MCMC also said that it would continue to monitor the spread of such videos on the Internet.

"Based on our monitoring, all full-length and edited versions of the video have been taken offline, including those on social media platforms.

"The public is also encouraged to self-regulate and be aware of the things they share online, either through WhatsApp or on social media platforms," it said in a statement.

The MCMC also urged social media users to report any inappropriate content to the social media platform so that accounts which violate its terms of service can be deactivated.

It added that action would be taken against individuals who are found to have violated Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, adding that a person who commits an offence can be fined not more than RM50,000 (S$16,600) or imprisoned for up to one year, or both.

Earlier, the MCMC warned the public not to share or spread footage of the shootings in Christchurch.

It said that it was working with the service providers to take down postings of the recordings.

On March 15, alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant live streamed the shooting incident for 17 minutes on Facebook as he mowed down worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, killing 50 people and injuring dozens of others.

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