Films, TikTok will continue to be censored over LGBT elements, says govt

KUALA LUMPUR: The government and religious authorities will continue to curb elements that promote the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) lifestyle in films or social media like TikTok.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Zahidi Zainul Abidin said the government always monitored these platforms and would take action against those promoting these elements.

However, this control did not apply to online streaming and over-the-top (OTT) platforms based abroad, such as Netflix, he said.

"Provisions in the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 does not include censorship of such content, which is spelled out under Section 3(3).

"In addition, OTT services like Netflix are not public broadcast services or private institutions in the country that fall under laws involving licensing and censorship," he told Dewan Negara during a question-and-answer session here today.

Zahidi said this in reply to a question from Senator Datuk Ahmad Yahaya, who wanted to know the ministry's position about a proposal to control content and programmes on platforms such as Netflix.

He said parents and guardians should exercise control over content by using passwords. – BERNAMA

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