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In sermon, Jakim warns Muslims against fake news


KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — Muslims are obligated to verify news items before sharing these with others to avoid propagating fake news, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) said in today’s Friday sermon.

According to the prepared text, people were increasingly abusing social media and other communication tools to spread falsehoods, defame others, speculate to entertain themselves, and to mock others.

It said those engaging in such activities were even gaining popularity and followings online.

Citing the Quran, it said Muslims have a duty to investigate their news so they do not spread untruths, even if inadvertently.

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The Malay Mail Online