PETALING JAYA - Blocking Facebook is not only bad but also dangerous for Malaysia, say new media experts.
Facebook has become important for work and business, said David Lian, general manager of global social communications agency Zeno Malaysia.
"It is a platform for communication. It is up to the users to use it for good or bad," he said. "More importantly, it allows Malaysians to participate in the global dialogue."
Technology is here to stay, especially social media, and banning it is not the answer, he said.
"The challenge is to understand what new technology allows us to do as far as reaching each other and ensuring legislation allows enforcement and action against illegal behaviour through the appropriate systems."
Technopreneur Hardesh Singh said blocking Facebook would impact productivity.
"As we become more mobile in our work routine, we increasingly rely on social networks for our daily touchpoints," he said.
"These include scheduling our daily routines, transacting in e-commerce and interfacing with employers and clients," said the PopDigital founder.
Digital News Asia executive editor A. Asohan believed that cutting out Facebook would blunt Malaysia's competitive edge.
"Many businesses - both local and multinationals - use Facebook, whether for corporate communications or to run marketing campaigns," he said.