Twitterati hit back at Mahlobo with #HandsOffSocialMedia

2017-03-06 16:20
State Security Minister David Mahlobo. Picture: Lulama Zenzile

State Security Minister David Mahlobo. Picture: Lulama Zenzile

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Cape Town - Twitter users have taken a stand against the possible regulation of social media, by using the trending hashtag #HandsOffSocialMedia.

This follows the announcement by State Security Minister David Mahlobo on Sunday that consideration was being given to regulating social media platforms as a means to stop the spread of "false" information.

The announcement was made after a justice, crime prevention and security cluster briefing held in Pretoria on Sunday, when a reporter asked how the intelligence services planned to deal with the spread of false information on social media. 

The conversation soon started trending on Twitter, with many voicing disagreement with the proposed notion.

According to Mahlobo, social media was not only being used for its formal purpose, but was also being abused through the peddling of false information.

Here are some of the tweets that created a stir on Twitter.

Read more on:    david mahlobo  |  south africa  |  censorship
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