TIME.com is suing an online tabloid for publishing fake news

TIME dotCom says this kind of slanderous, malicious behaviour unnecessarily risks corporate and personal reputations for no other reason than to seek profit

TIME.com is suing an online tabloid for publishing fake news

TIME dotCom Bhd is suing www.celebseek.com, a little-known tabloid, over a fake news article that purportedly linked TIME dotCom commander-in-chief Afzal Abdul Rahim to a completely unrelated individual who was reportedly remanded in connection with some enforcement action in Johor.

TIME dotCom said in a bourse filing on Wednesday (June 15) that the tabloid website had a history of attracting attention through "clickbait" articles.

"We wish to state unequivocally that this incident has nothing to do with TdC (TIME dotCom) or our commander-in-chief," the statement says.

According to the company, it has also filed a complaint with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission as well as the police.

Fake news and slander

“This kind of slanderous, malicious behaviour unnecessarily risks corporate and personal reputations for no other reason than to seek profit.

“The board takes this issue very seriously and is committed to taking every action needed to bring 'www.celebseek.com' and its owners to justice, no matter which corner of the Internet they are hiding or hosted in,” it says in the media release.

According to the company, their action includes content aggregators who republished the malicious article without verifying its contents.

@BusinessNewsMy