(File pix) Negri Sembilan mufti Datuk Mohd Yusof Ahmad said, the convenience that comes with the availability of social media platforms should not be abused by spreading unverified news and slander. (STR/AMRAN YAHYA)

SEREMBAN :The easy availability and use of social media has led to the mushrooming of fake news, which in turn could stir conflicts and instability among society.

Negri Sembilan mufti Datuk Mohd Yusof Ahmad said, the convenience that comes with the availability of social media platforms should not be abused by spreading unverified news and slander.

“We can see that slander's are spread like wildfire, in a blink of an eye. The society now turns a blind eye on the importance to verify the news they hear and see and as a result, it affects those who fall victims to the fake news.

“This is clearly goes against the teaching of Islam. The widespread of slander and fake news on social media can lead to the bigger problems, which can destroy the country as well as society itself,” he told the New Straits Times Press here, today.

He adds that, Prophet Muhammad in a hadith had also mentioned on the widespread of slander as one of the signs of ‘qiyamah’ (doomsday).

“Spreading of lies, slander, fake news is one of the signs, although this can still be considered as small signs. But if we don’t put a stop to it, this scenario will lead to the bigger problems in the future,” he said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had announced that the government would look into introducing laws to curb fake news on social media which is becoming a threat to Malaysia's political stability and public order.

Subsequently, a special committee involving the The Royal Malaysia Police, the Attorney General's Chambers, the National Security Council (NSC), the Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, and Legal Affairs Division had been set up to draft new laws on fake news.

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