UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Malaysia has arrested 249 people for allegedly recruiting for terrorist organizations online.
Deputy Home Minister Masir Kujat announced the arrests while speaking to Parliament on March 13.
He provided the figures when asked about the government’s efforts to stop the spread of terrorism on social media.
Kujat said eight of the suspects were arrested for their activity on Twitter, one through Instagram and the remaining 240 on Facebook.
He also said the government blocked 800 Facebook accounts and is monitoring around 4,000.
Meanwhile on Twitter, an additional nine accounts were blocked and 76 are being monitored.
Kujat credited the operations to the counter messaging center, a government agency established to combat Islamic State influence online.
The minister also highlighted the country’s deradicalization program, saying 19 individuals are currently undergoing treatment.