The internet is a good thing. Then again, it is only as good as the user. That is why governments all over the world have taken keen interest to regulate and monitor their citizens’ online activities. While regions such as the European Union have had regulation framework for decades, African governments are now seeing the need to have control of activities on the internet and around tech device.
Zambia becomes the latest African country to take a swipe at social media, and the country is now thinking of tougher regulations on the platform. The country’s Communication Minister, Brian Mushimba told the Zambian parliament that some citizens were using social media to share pornographic images, steal other people’s identity, and spread hate speech.
In essence, Zambians were using this foreign-developed platform, to do ‘un-African’ things.
“Prior to the proliferation of social media, people in Zambia behaved and communicated within acceptable and expected cultural boundaries,” said Mushimba.
“Incidents of impersonations, people, being insulted, abused, falsely accused or defrauded on social media platforms have reached an alarming state.”
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The minister further said that new laws should …read more