Brunei introduces hotline to address fake news on social media

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-25 21:37:12|Editor: mmm
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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- People in Brunei are now encouraged to channel fake or malicious information circulated on social media to a hotline, according to the Brunei government on Tuesday.

In a press release, Darussalam Hotline and Information Content Advisor Council urged members of the public who have information regarding viral and baseless news that involves public or national interest to report the information through the hotline.

The move is also backed by various ministries and departments including the Ministry of Communications, the Community Development Department, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the Internal Security Department, the Attorney General's Chambers, the Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCERT), and the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry Brunei Darussalam (AITI).

According to a local media report in 2017, Brunei has the third highest social media penetration in the world with 370,000 users, or 86 percent of the total population.

"With the widespread exposure to online content, each individual plays a role in practising safe and responsible use of technology," the press release said.

"Members of the public are advised to be wary and inspect the source of information in social media to ensure its validity before it is shared to others."