Children Will Be Used To Take Away Internet Freedom
South African Online Censorship Bill Enters Next Phase As Children Used As Pawns
The bill is intended to protect children from harmful online content, concerns have been raised over the broad terms of the draft online regulation policy. For example, the FPB has said it wanted all internet material to be classified in South Africa, according to a government gazette released in March 2015 which outlined contents of the proposed online regulation policy.
“All online material will need to be classified, in much the same way as films are currently classified. Online pornographic material will be classified as such,” the DA’s Gavin Davis told Fin24.
“The policy appears to apply to any person who uploads online content, be it via Facebook, Instagram, a blog, or any other online platform. This opens the door for the state to impinge on citizens’ constitutional right to freedom of expression and to impart information,” Davis explained.
Davis further said that if the bill is “based on the draft online regulation policy released earlier this year, it will certainly impact on freedom of expression”.
“According to clause 7.4 of the policy, the Film and Publications Board has the power to have any content deemed ‘potentially harmful and disturbing to children’ taken down.
“The broadness of these terms gives the government significant latitude to proscribe content that does not fit in with the governing party’s political agenda and worldview,” said Davis.
“When read with the Film and Publications Act, the policy will empower the board to ban – by way of an ‘XX’ classification – any online content that is ‘degrading’ or ‘promotes harmful behaviour’. – Part of NEWS 24 article
Internet censorship is the control or suppression of what can be accessed, published, or viewed on the Internet. It may be carried out by governments or by private organizations at the behest of government, regulators, or on their own initiative – Wikipedia
Facebook Worshipers Worldwide Just Imagine
A note for all Facebook fans, don’t think that you will have the use of Facebook as you know it today, once Internet censorship is implemented. Facebook as you know it will be gone, and so perhaps you too, if you mention anything that you should not, and you know you are already doing that anyway, so you will be censored or arrested maybe even persecuted, who knows ? So don’t say you have not been warned.