MCMC blocks 2,195 websites, 19,765 phone lines promoting online gambling

MCMC blocks 2,195 websites, 19,765 phone lines promoting online gambling
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PUTRAJAYA (April 21): The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has until March 2021 blocked 2,195 websites found to be promoting online gambling.

In a statement today, MCMC said the action was taken based on an official application submitted by the police for offences under the Open Gambling House Act 1953 as well as information from the public.

"The MCMC had also worked in cooperation with foreign-based social networking platform providers such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to remove such contents in accordance with the terms of service and community standards set by them," the statement read.

In terms of enforcement, MCMC has conducted data verification audits on prepaid phone card users to ensure all active numbers are properly verified.

According to MCMC, during the same period, a total of 19,765 telephone lines were terminated as they were linked to spam text messages promoting online gambling, unlicensed moneylending services and so forth.

"The move is important to ensure that the numbers are not misused by irresponsible parties for criminal purposes, cyber fraud and promotion of online gambling," it added.