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Social media under scrutiny

Written by Bathandwa Mbola
State Security Minister David Mahlobo said government is doing all it can to ensure that South Africa remains relatively safe and free of any attempts to destabilise it.

“Joint operations of all intelligence community structures will continue as well as the sharing of information critical to countering any threats … identified.”

However Minister Mahlobo raised concerns about the spreading of fake news and scams. He said they are looking at the regulation of social media.

“We are contemplating regulating the space. Even the best democracies that are revered, regulate the space,” Mahlobo said, acknowledging that this might interfere with human rights. As a result, there would be a lot of public consultation on the matter.

Other plans for the cluster include reviewing the National Crime Prevention Strategy, which was adopted in 1996.

The aim of the review will be to address new challenges that confront the criminal justice system.

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