Fake news is one of the biggest issues that all the social media platforms face nowadays. Not only in one country or region it is now a worldwide problem. Every country and social media platform are taking different steps and measures to combat this evil; one of that was passing a law that makes the spreading of fake news illegal and it happened in Malaysia recently. So, according to this law, circulation of fake news is a punishable offense and the people accused of it can even be jailed and/or fined.
Now, as per a recent report by The Guardian, it appears that Malaysia has already convicted the first person under this new law. Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman, a Danish citizen has been convicted for spreading fake news. He has been residing in Malaysia.
Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman had posted a video, which accused the local police of taking around an hour to respond to some distress calls following the shooting incident at a Palestinian lecturer on April 21.
The local police denied his claims and said that they took only eight minutes to respond, which is not even close to one hour. Sulaiman has pleaded guilty, saying he had made the video in a “moment of anger”.
He has also published a statement that reads, “I agreed I made a mistake … I seriously apologize to everybody in Malaysia, not just in the Malaysian police.”
The judge initially fined Sulaiman RM10,000, however, since he could not afford this hefty amount of fine, he chose to spend one-month in jail instead.