Intrigued about Section 114A? Confused? Wondering what all the black around Malaysians sites is about?
Here’s the gist of it:
How does Section 114A affect you?
Titled “Presumption of Fact in Publication”, Section 114A holds the following people accountable for publishing content online:
(1) those who own, administrate, or edit websites open to public contributors, such as online forums or blogs;
(2) those who provide webhosting services or Internet access; and
(3) those own the computer or mobile device used to publish content online.
In other words, if allegedly defamatory content is traced back to your username, electronic device, and/or WiFi network, Section 114A presumes you are guilty of publishing illicit content on the Internet.
But what if you were the victim of identity theft and a hacker wrongfully used your Twitter or Facebook account to post defamatory content?
Under Section 114A, you are still considered guilty until proven innocent.
Read more about Section 114A.
- [Solidarity] Internet Black Out Day campaign on August 14 by Malaysian NGOs for internet freedom – Forum Asia (hronlineph.com)
- The Presumption of Publication (dinmerican.wordpress.com)
- Wake-Up Middle Malaysia: You’re guilty until proven innocent (dinmerican.wordpress.com)
- Watch what you tweet: How online troll crackdowns threaten freedom of speech (digitaltrends.com)