TIME.CO, Jakarta – Short video application Tick tock is committed to taking proactive measures to address concerns raised by Malaysia, a spokesperson said, after the country’s government said the app did not fully comply with local laws.
“TikTok respects local laws and regulations and is committed to taking proactive actions to address the issues raised,” a company spokesperson said in an email on Thursday, October 12, 2023, cited by Reuters.
TikTok has called a meeting with Malaysia’s communications regulator next week to demonstrate its commitment, the spokesperson added.
Malaysian Communications Minister Fahmi Fadzil said TikTok had not done enough to curb defamatory or misleading content on its platform, adding that the social media company had failed to comply with several local laws. She did not specify which laws.
In a social media message posted after meeting with TikTok representatives, Fahmi said TikTok must also address issues related to content distribution and ad buys following complaints from business, the public and agencies of the media.
TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, has come under pressure in Southeast Asia following Indonesia’s decision last week to halt transactions on its platform following a ban on social media e-commerce and the Vietnam investigation into harmful content on the app.
Malaysia has in recent months banned online content that touches on race, religion and the royal family.
This year the government said it would take legal action against the parent company Facebook (META.O) for failing to limit harmful content on its platform, before abandoning the plan after a meeting with the company.
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