Ban Facebook? M'sia govt now says no

There were over 2,000 complaints about abuse.

So the Malaysian government said last week it was seeking feedback to ban social network Facebook.

Now the authorities are giving ‘thumbs down’ to the idea, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

He stressed the Government never had any intention to ban the website as more than 15 million users in Malaysia alone are registered on Facebook.

"Many people are using it for various purposes including personal communications and even online businesses.

“To ban the website is just impossible," he told a news conference on Thursday, at the launch of new low cost courier service AirAsia's Redbox.

More than half polled against Facebook ban

Shabery also noted that banning Facebook was just a suggestion to filter the abuse on the Internet, The Star reported.

"The Ministry so far had received more than 2,000 reports involving Facebook abuses and when I told them we are looking into the cases, they think that we want to ban the website," he said.

Of those who took part in a survey:

54 per cent do not support the ban

24 per cent support the ban

22 per cent neither agreed nor disagreed.

Source: Star Online

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