Govt Threatens Facebook, Tweeter, Whatsapp Censorship

Govt Threatens Facebook, Tweeter, Whatsapp Censorship
Published: 2016 July 06 04:28:45 (1689 Views)
The government has threatened to implement subversive measures to ensure that social media users censor information that they create and distribute.

Police are accusing a group called Tajamuka of generating messages, urging members of the public to engage in social unrest.

Information Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Supa Mandiwanzira said the messages were a violation of the Postal and Telecommunications Act and those found on the wrong side of the law would be brought to book.

In a threatening statement, Supa Mandiwanzira said: “It’s important for everybody to understand that anything you post on social media or over the top services can be traced back to who started them.”

Mandiwanzira said social media must be used for business, social interaction which does not threaten other people, their businesses or the State.

According to Section 89 of the Postal and Telecommunications Act, anyone who sends offensive, false, annoying, obscene or threatening message over a phone, is liable to a fine not exceeding level five ($200) or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both such fine and imprisonment.

Minister Mandiwanzira’s sentiments come after police issued a warning against social unrest saying they have deployed more officers on the ground to quell violence following skirmishes between touts and rank marshals and the police in Harare on Monday.

National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said citizens should not listen to statements peddled through the social media about the country’s shut down. She said all those working today should report for duty without fail.



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