“We are speaking with local and foreign experts in law and technology about the shape of a law to take action against those who would destabilise the state, make personal attacks, use foul language, or commit fraud on communications networks,” he told the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) on Wednesday.
“The use of foul language is common on Facebook, which is popular in Myanmar. Uncontrolled use of such language can affect the country’s image, so action should be taken against those who use it,” said U Pe Tin, Upper House MP for Mon State Constituency 6. “Are there plans to control the use of such language in Myanmar?” he asked.
“Although Facebook has community standards in place for users, they are just rules that don’t have the strength of laws. It is hard to take action without a specific law,” the deputy minister said.
“Two of the country’s laws can now be used in cases of defamation or fraud via the internet – the Telecommunications Law and Electronic Transactions Law. People can lodge complaints with the police under those laws,” said U Thar Oo.
“Myanmar is trying to enact a law in line with international standards to ensure the safe use of social media, and the protection of data and networks,” he added.