NordVPN, a Virtual Private Network service provider stands on freedom of speech in response to Malaysian government threatens to regulate the Internet
Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Minister, Salleh Keruak has said the government would step in and regulate the Internet “if users don’t act more responsibly. In response to this, NordVPN, a Virtual Private Network service provider, has issued a stance against Internet censorship.
The minister urged Internet users not to allow it “to come to a stage where action needs to be taken against those who abuse social media.” He stressed that bloggers and social media users had been “reckless” and said that their posts might “jeopardise the peace, harmony and stability of Malaysia” with “fake news, seditious and libelous postings.”
He then added that the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) might be asked to monitor social media.
However, in response to this, NordVPN, a Virtual Private Network service provider has issued their stance against Internet censorship.
“Internet users have the right to voice their opinions and share them on social media,” said Marty P. Kamden, CMO of NordVPN. “The freedom of speech is the basis of any democracy, and we stand against any limitations and censorship of this freedom. If Malaysia, in fact, starts regulating the Internet, people should consider using VPNs so that they can post online anonymously.”
How a VPN works is that it reroutes a user’s Internet traffic through an alternative tunnel, which connects their computer to a VPN server, hiding IP address. All the information shared between a user’s device and the VPN server is encrypted into a secure tunnel, invisible to any third parties. In extreme cases of censorship, NordVPN offers a free emergency VPN.