MELAKA (Bernama) – In a time when stories on the hardships of flood victims are aplenty in the local media, there are also irresponsible parties who misuse the social media to spread false news on the disaster without considering its consequences.
For young leaders who worked hard to assist flood victims, these parties, especially the younger generation, should be more responsible in giving out information.
Puteri Umno chief Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin said increasingly sophisticated technology is making it easier to disseminate information.
“As users of the social media we must be disciplined and check the authenticity of information we receive before we choose to share it. Most of the younger generation have good intentions, but they need to check whether the information is correct first. If this is done then I’m sure we can reduce the amount of false news out there,” she told Bernama.
Mas Ermieyati said youths should realise that spreading false news is dangerous as it could result in defamation such as the government failing to provide aid, which would then affect the country’s stability and harmony.
“If the public believes such defamation then there will be chaos, therefore, I urge the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to take stern action on such irresponsible youths,” she said.
Last Wednesday, MCMC chairman Datuk Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi said eight individuals came forward to give statements and he would call on 14 more to facilitate investigations on 10 false news which are flood-related.
Hermy Rahim, 27, who led a group of young volunteers who collected contributions by using Twitter, said the younger generation needs to think about the effect such false news would have on flood victims and their families. Hermy said flood victims need help to rebuild their lives after the disaster, therefore, the younger generation should contribute or go down to the field and help them instead of spreading false news.