MXit goes to war

2010-03-26 13:10

Cape Town - Popular cellphone messaging service MXit has declared war on porn and cyber criminals.

The service has announced that anyone posting offensive or explicit material in public areas will be banned without warning.

"For too long, a group of less than 0.1% of our user base has tarnished our reputation with their continual abuse of our community through unsavoury, and sometimes criminal, behaviour," said CEO Herman Heunis.

He said that offensive content would be judged based on complaints by users and those who post content in public areas would be banned, but he denied that MXit was engaging in censorship.

Not censorship

"We made it crystal clear in the press release that we have no intention of censoring what happens with regard to person-to-person communication as it is every person's constitutional right to send whatever he/she wants to his/her friend.

"But when that posting goes to a public place within MXit, it transgresses our terms and conditions which the users agreed to when they registered on MXit," he told News24.

Heunis said that they did not anticipate a drop in subscriber numbers, and that suspicious activity would be reported to the South African Police Service.

"I will not be surprised if we gain more users especially when we begin our new educational drive. No specific crimes are targeted - we will simply report suspicious behaviour to the Cyber crime Unit of the Saps and they investigate further," he said.

Banned users

He added that banned users could appeal the decision, "but the chance of re-instatement is about zero", and hinted that users are being monitored.

"What I can say is that people who think they can get away with criminal behaviour by using the internet are living with a false sense of security.  Everything you do on the internet leaves a trace somewhere."

  • brendonhunter - 2010-03-26 13:16

    how many of you have had your accounts hacked in to?

  • William - 2010-03-26 13:38

    Way to go Herman. Keep up the good work.

  • pt - 2010-03-26 13:45

    Mixit is one thing i find disgracefull it ends marriages,relationships and cheating goes on as mixit plays with the human mind.some people become porn addicts due to flirtations of words they dont get enough sleep it effects the human mind ,peoples careers and their attitude is very disturbing no one on mixit is good it all ends up bad bad and most of all it acts on children education so where do you draw a line.

  • Bronwyn Johnson - 2010-03-26 14:13

    I think this is wonderful news! Great job Herman. I agree that it is completely unfair to give technology a poor name simply because a few individuals have abused it. As I mentioned in my blog ( this same technology has been used for great purposes such as counselling of troubled teens.

  • h - 2010-03-26 14:18

    Wow! Finally MXit decided to wake up - too late now, damage has already been done.

  • msannethrope - 2010-03-26 14:20

    Ever heard the phrase "guns dont kill people, people kill people"? Dont blame the tools, free will is innate.

  • Strauss - 2010-03-26 14:23

    I'm not a Mxit user but WOW don't want to see what happens if pt uses mxit (and the claims of de-intelectualisation) falls true!
    Well done Herman - HoPa for taking the stand!

  • VG - 2010-03-26 14:24

    @PT i agree with you 100%
    its no longer a social network for casual chatting or meeting "pen Pals" in the older days.Its now an adult dating site.Desperate ugly men and women that cant find partners through normal methods use this MIXIT.Its extremely disruptive at schools and at the workplace.People were complaining when DSTV mentioned the possibility of a Porn channel,they obviously dont know about MIXIT.

  • Marvin - 2010-03-26 14:34

    To the People who label mxit as a marriage breaker etc. Mxit is a useful communication tool. Don't blame mxit for your husband/wife's infidelity. Blame pornographic websites. the same text that is sent on mxit can AND IS sent on myspace, facebook, twitter AND EVEN VIA SMS!!! Mxit is only bad if you make it bad. The choices you make determines who you are, not the medium used to carry put those choices.

  • Brad - 2010-03-26 14:43

    @brendon: the hacking is quite scary, helped by brother set up a mxit account for the first time on his phone number, only to find there was one already with a number of contacts! As for mxit's bad name, its a pity because the majority of users use it to communicate cheaply with their existing friends- literally like a free sms.

  • Chessycat - 2010-03-26 14:44

    I found the love of my life on mxit. Living together for three years now. Something i never expected to happen. all i do now on MXIT is play chess and TIXI and read news24 and Supersport news and live scores :-)If you think MXII is bad , you should have a look at mig33.

  • bok4life - 2010-03-26 14:46

    You go mxit you ban them! Ban the h*ll outta them!! Whahahaha!! What a load of rubbish!!
    and PT there are always gonna be people who are ruining it for the rest of us normal kids!! and just word of advice (use it, dont use it) People on mxit shouldnt be getting married!! and if they are surely their partner should realise something is wrong!

  • GhostSin - 2010-03-26 14:48

    Mxit does not end marriages, people end marriages ... It was their choice to be on mxit in the first place, and if something like mxit could break up a marriage then those people shouldn't have been married from the start. And you saw it affects education, how about going back to school and learning how to put a proper sentence together and learn some grammar.

    I agree with you 100%

  • mother - 2010-03-26 15:00

    Well done Herman - i will now buy a phone for my child. Total responsiblity and you are The Man!!!

  • bmn - 2010-03-26 15:07

    I dont agree with you Marvin. I can blame MXit for ruining relationships and causing trouble and i will blame MXit for it. MXit might be a form of "communication" but guess what so is a cell phone which if they've got MXit they've got a cell phone - SO if you want to "communicate" why not dial the number and speak to the person directly. I'm sorry but relying on cheap thrills to "communicate" is pathetic and a pretty lame excuse... Wait until it happens to you, then maybe you'll change your mind

  • debbied - 2010-03-26 15:07

    good work Herman.
    @pt, it's up to the users descretion to use mxit as he/she sees fit.It's not mxit that makes people cheat, people cheat because they want to. Why is it that mxit is blamed for peoples lying,cheating or devious ways..people are accountable for their behaviour..I'm sure you wouldnt give out your personal details and info to a total stranger and start "something",,or are you perhaps someone who's got hurt by a mxit user that you find it disgraceful?

  • Lydon - 2010-03-26 15:08

    Those blaming Mxit for breaking up marriages, their kids' bad marks at school etc. are just looking for an easy way out. The fact of the matter is that Mxit is in no way at fault - those using it are. It is VERY easy to attempt to shift the blame to Mxit in order to cover up one's own laziness, incompetency or dishonesty. As they say...a poor worksman blames his tools. Same concept.

  • MK - 2010-03-26 15:19

    @all of you against mxit, mxit is just a tool used for chatting,I use it to do varsity work. If your take mxit away there is msn, facebook, sms, phone calls, fax, post,.. the list never ends. Go educate yourself or switch of your computer now and go live with the Amish!

  • NinjaDevil - 2010-03-26 15:25

    I use mxit everyday and I use it to chat with my friends and keep in contact. unless you have a perverted mind there is nothing wrong with it. everyone that protests it how about banning the internet for having porn.

  • Cheston - 2010-03-26 16:37

    @mother, you should reconsider buying a phone for your son. MXIT is not the only services. You get Mig33 and 2Go .There are more but cant think of them at the moment

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  • slasher - 2010-03-26 17:00

    agree wit PT.if mxit didnt entice then it wud not be addictive hence da increase in members.its time 2 ban porn & introduce morality laws.just as there are strong ppl there are thousands of weak ppl who need to be "guided" & protected 4 ther own sakes & tat of others.2 those who tell others who are against mxit & such 2 "grow up", u obviously lack maturity urselves.just cos many do something dont make it rite.its a cancerous rot in our world tat we need 2 kill like weeds.there are many in the young gen tat are being brought up wit no morals or values aka popularity of mxit and things going wrong.marriages DO break up due to da free lifestyle tat mxit & such promote.afterall,u cry about ur relationship wile THEY LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK.get da bottom line???

  • teni - 2010-03-26 17:43

    I'm greatful to know that you are fully commitend in doing what is right for the sake of many innocent people who are also using mxit. i use mxit to communicate with my younger siblings so thank you!

  • NNG - 2010-03-26 22:49


    What? Relying on cheap thrills to communicate? Let me guess, you've never actually used MXIT and have no idea how it works. Right?

  • ILoveSA - 2010-03-26 22:50

    ...use it to communicate cheaply, my keester. It's primarily used for sexting and all kinds of depravity. If you wish to communicate cheaply get a flippin' Blackberry (Instant messaging to other BB users is free).

  • Louisau - 2010-03-27 09:29

    @mother this is exactly the problem. It is your job to check up on what your child is doing not the responsibility of the guys at MXit.
    Take the time to go through the contacts your child has on MXit and Facebook. Remind your kids that talking to strangers extends to cyberspace.
    I am the mother of a 15 year old, happily married for 20 years ..... and a MXit user.
    I don't understand how parents can blame MXit for their neglect and bad parenting of their kids.

  • J2love - 2010-04-13 20:20

    this is taking action now we can feel free to mix

  • Uncle Fester - 2010-04-30 16:41

    honestly speaking how you use a tool determines what it'll can not blame Mxit for peoples relationship falling apart because it'll always boil down to "free will". as an example a chef can make a beautiful meal using a knife and someone else can use that very same knife to stab someone... you can not blame the tool people if you are unhappy with Mxit then delete it off your phone...gosh its not "glued" to your phone... keep up the good work Herman.

  • R&B - 2010-06-02 15:35

    I luv mxit. Chat to my bfandfriends and family.

    I don't accept invites from strangers either.

    Pleaaase. You CAN'T sue SAB if your husband/child comes home drunk as hell.

    You control the tool and gadgets in your life.

  • Wayne - 2010-11-01 09:38

    @bmn You clearly have some hate towards Mxit because clearly there happened something that destroyed your relationship/marriage and clearly that you find it that Mxit was the cause of it. But, let me leave you with this hypothesis, when you realize that technology is destroying your life and that Mxit is evil. Where it is only a form of communication and what you do with it is really your choice, like previously said, guns don't kill people, people kill people. Now let's relate to what happened to you, surely that isn't very heart filling and very sad. But, turn to the person that caused this trust breaker and or infidelity and then I am going to leave you with one question, why am I still in a relationship, I have met my partner on Facebook and Mxit helped me better the relationship with her and in the end I am almost with her for a year and we are still using Mxit as a form of communication and to 'kick back' and relax and simple talk to them and your friends, surely it is up to what you make of't in the end and what the other person does as well, it is all about cause and effect, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Ask yourself the question, was it TRULY MXit that caused that or the operator OF MXit. Just something to think about, use it don't use it. Personally I would say use it :) Blessed be

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