Facebook is frequently criticized for not doing enough to remove dangerous and offensive content. However, the country of Malaysia wasn’t satisifed to just voice their displeasure and move on. Instead, the country said this week that it will take legal action against Facebook if it doesn’t begin to remove “undesirable content” more effectively.
According to the country’s regulators, Facebook has recently been swamped with harmful content ranging from fraudulent ads and impersonation to outright hate speech. And though the country has reached out to the social media giant many times to help solve the problem, it says the company has been unresponsive.
“Meta’s response, which has been sluggish and unsatisfactory, has not met the urgency of the matter and has led to increasing public concern and scrutiny,” The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) said in a statement. “As there is no sufficient cooperation from Meta, MCMC has no option but to take definitive steps or legal action against Meta as a measure to ensure that people are secure and protected in the physical sphere.”
It’s obviously quite rare for an entire country’s government to sue a company. However, if this strategy proves successful, it could be a blueprint for other nations to follow suit.
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