Disagreement with social media ban due to platforms being news sources Malaysia 2019

According to a survey conducted by Ipsos in June 2019, a majority of Malaysian respondents agreed that cutting off social media during times of crisis is unacceptable due to the importance of these platforms as an information source, with around 16 percent strongly agreeing to the statement.
The background of the survey was a temporary social media ban by the government in Sri Lanka in April 2019 in the wake of a fatal terrorist attack.

Share of Malaysians who feel that cutting off social media during a crisis is unacceptable as they are an important source of news as of June 2019

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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

May 24 to June 7, 2019

Number of respondents


Age group

16 to 64 years

Special properties

Respondents were referred as "upper deck consumer citizens"

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

Original question: "For each of the following, please indicate if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree: Temporarily cutting off social media platforms at times of crisis is unacceptable because they are the primary source of news and information for many people."

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