Messages and social media posts that can land you in legal trouble in South Africa

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WhatsApp and Facebook posts that can land you in legal trouble in South Africa

Posting someone's personal information to social media platforms may not be a violation of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), but it can still land you in legal hot water in South Africa.

This is according to an analysis by Zamathiyane Mthiyane, senior associate for healthcare and lifesciences at Werksmans Attorneys.

"POPIA aims to protect an individual's right to privacy by offering protection against the unlawful collection, retention, dissemination and use of personal information," Mthiyane stated.

"The question that we explore is whether or not the protection afforded by POPIA also extends to photos of, and pictures including 'memes', of 'data subjects', as defined in POPIA, which are posted on social media platforms."
 

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Actually this would need to be amended, it can land some in trouble not others. Plenty of times I've reported hate speech and Twitter and Facebook will go no this doesn't violate any terms and conditions, calling on the genocide of white people, or calling them pigs or dogs or whatever isn't racist.
 

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Actually this would need to be amended, it can land some in trouble not others. Plenty of times I've reported hate speech and Twitter and Facebook will go no this doesn't violate any terms and conditions, calling on the genocide of white people, or calling them pigs or dogs or whatever isn't racist.
Does cerebus work at twitter and facebook? Sure sounds like it/them.

Just say something about the majority and it/them will report you, just not the other way round.
 

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Actually this would need to be amended, it can land some in trouble not others. Plenty of times I've reported hate speech and Twitter and Facebook will go no this doesn't violate any terms and conditions, calling on the genocide of white people, or calling them pigs or dogs or whatever isn't racist.
First reply in thread and already off-topic and into race politics.
 

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First reply in thread and already off-topic and into race politics.
Yes because the rules cannot apply to some but not others and it's still fresh on my mind because of some posts I've reported.
 

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Actually this would need to be amended, it can land some in trouble not others. Plenty of times I've reported hate speech and Twitter and Facebook will go no this doesn't violate any terms and conditions, calling on the genocide of white people, or calling them pigs or dogs or whatever isn't racist.
No does not apply to whites. However don't call out the Chinese for overfishing illegally. Facebook sees that as HATE SPEECH and will ban you for a week. Not allowed the call out the CCP overlords you know.
 

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According to this, if the editor of the Sunday Times prints a photo of a Springbok rugby player scoring the winning try at the World Cup without the players permission, they are in breach of POPIA. In fact even all the identifiable spectators in the background could complain. That’s ludicrous.
 

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No does not apply to whites. However don't call out the Chinese for overfishing illegally. Facebook sees that as HATE SPEECH and will ban you for a week. Not allowed the call out the CCP overlords you know.
Facebook's overlords are its board, executives and shareholders. They care first about profits. What they don't give a damn about is what a bunch authoritarian capitalist Chinese think, unless it impacts on profits.
 

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A good example of how stupid and dangerous this rampant bureaucracy is. It always tends to totalitarianism because there is inevitably some moronic jobsworth sitting on some committee who's going to come up with more and more things that it can be interpreted as applying to. There is very little in all of this that wasn't covered in common law anyway, but now we're going to have dingbats having a fit because someone merely mentioned their name online, or they were in the background of a crowd picture.
 

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According to this, if the editor of the Sunday Times prints a photo of a Springbok rugby player scoring the winning try at the World Cup without the players permission, they are in breach of POPIA. In fact even all the identifiable spectators in the background could complain. That’s ludicrous.
Only if they are in a "compromising" position. But seriously, that's both in the public interest and happening in public. Would be a minefield if it was interpreted like that.
 
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