The Minister of Communications and Digital, Fahmi Fadzil, has scheduled a meeting with TikTok’s top management today to discuss pressing issues, including the proliferation of fake news and the Indonesian government’s decision to ban e-commerce transactions on the social media platform.
The meeting is set to take place at 4:30 pm at the Parliament building.
Fahmi highlighted the government’s ongoing efforts to combat the spread of fake news on social media, with a particular focus on TikTok. He mentioned the daily statements from various ministers and ministries concerning this issue.
Additionally, Fahmi noted that there is a new daily segment on RTM called ‘Biar Betul!’ addressing the problem of fake news. He stressed the importance of close cooperation between social media platforms in identifying coordinated inauthentic behavior (CIB), as it violates their established community guidelines.
Regarding the ban on e-commerce transactions on TikTok in Indonesia, Fahmi expressed his intention to reach out to TikTok’s management and the Indonesian government for detailed information on the matter.
He emphasised the need to understand the unique context in Malaysia, while also acknowledging the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to the situation.
Earlier, Fahmi had stated that the Malaysian government would assess the actions taken by the Indonesian government in banning e-commerce transactions on TikTok before implementing appropriate measures in Malaysia.
This decision by Indonesia was made to safeguard offline and traditional market traders, as online prices were adversely impacting small and medium-scale businesses operating offline.
In his speech at the event, Fahmi encouraged retirees from the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization (KKD) to share their knowledge and experiences with current public servants.
He hoped that this knowledge sharing would contribute to improving the quality of service delivery by public servants, especially within the ministry and its affiliated agencies. The event honored 128 retirees from agencies under KKD, including the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), the Broadcasting Department, and the Information Department.