No more Facebook? M'sian government looking into shutdown

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Social media lovers, be warned.

You may have no Facebook across the Causeway.

The Malaysian government is considering shutting down the social media giant following about 2,000 complaints of abuse, said Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

His ministry is currently conducting studies to gather public opinion on the matter.

"If people are of the opinion that Facebook should be closed, we are prepared to look into the matter," he told reporters on Saturday.

Re-look proposed shutdown

But Umno Supreme Council member Ahmad Shabery admits "it is a radical approach".

Mr Ahmad acknowledged it would be near-impossible to close the social website as there are 15 million local accounts.

This pales in comparison to the mere 2,000 reports of abuse received.

"Many businesses are also using Facebook. Others forge family ties... and the complaints received were around 2,000 only.

"Should we completely close it down because of 2,000 reports? We need to relook this," he said.

Sources: Star Online, Bernama