Double check any information before sharing it: Wilfred

KUALA LUMPUR: Social media users should double check the accuracy and credibility of any information they come across before passing it on to others.

Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said this will prevent the spread of false information and create a safer cyber space for all users.

"We want to create awareness and encourage positive, ethical, and responsible use of the internet. We hope this can be turned into a culture in Malaysia," Wilfred told a press conference today.

He said if the accuracy, credibility, and truthfulness of the information is doubtful then social media users should not spread it.

The Tuaran MP was opening the Safer Internet Day 2017 at Wisma Radio, Angkasapuri where he spoke on the importance of responsible social media usage and also on cyber security.

Wilfred said the most common cyber crimes are fraud, invasion of privacy, bullying or harassment, and the spreading of malicious software.

He urged victims of cyber crimes to report the incidences to authorities and seek help.

Commenting on the Education Ministry's efforts to draft cyber-bullying laws, Wilfred said his ministry has the same objective of curbing cyber bullying through education and outreach programmes.

CyberSecurity Malaysia chief executive Datuk Amiruddin Abdul Wahab said the ministry is focusing on those aspects due to the human factor in such cases.

"We are going to focus on education and raising awareness among the people. While we (the government) work on the technical factors, you can't control the human factor," Amiruddin said.