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A controversial content is information that causes disagreement in opinions and may cause the disruption of peace because different people or culture will have different views about the contents.

ISSUES ON CONTROVERSIAL CONTENTS

The issues on controversial contents are always focusing on pornography and slander. Malaysia considers pornography and slander as illegal.

Pornographic and slanderous activities can be in the format of plots and actions displayed on video games, controversial rhythm or lyrics of music, controversial contents of books and controversial issues on religion and philosophy.

1) Pornography

-The definition of pornography is any form of media or material like books or photographs that depicts erotic behaviour and is intended to cause sexual excitement.

-Pornography tends to exploit men, women and children in a distasteful manner.

2) Slander

-Slanders is legal term for false and malicious statement (meaning knowing that it is false, or "reckless disregard" that it was false) about someone.

- Example:

i) You wrote an e-mail that a fellow classmate was having and affair with a teacher, even though it was not true. You then sent it to five other friends.

ii) Ahmad is a muslim. One day, he received a "Spam" e-mail stating that his favourites soda drink "Soda Moda" uses non halal food colouring, but he does not know if the source of the content is credible or true. He decides to forward the e-mail to 50 of his friends.

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