What the Cybersecurity Bill says about posting offensive comments on WhatsApp

Bragging about one's real life crimes on mybroadband is to be frown upon then?
 
Wow thats a real hit on freedom of speech, guess its time we all start using vpns and possibly moving to Tor :/
 
Much ado about nothing, as usual. Politicians exist for one reason only and that's to be the butt of jokes because they're not good for much more.
 
There is a difference between freedom of speech and being hateful.
People run rampant online and it's about time there are consequences to their actions.
 
There is a difference between freedom of speech and being hateful.
People run rampant online and it's about time there are consequences to their actions.

So it's all love and roses for you ? People get hatefull, it's human.
 
So it's all love and roses for you ? People get hatefull, it's human.

Sure,
But face to face people do not act that way, because then there will be swift justice, either by public shaming or a sharp fist to the face.

There are people who go online with the sole purpose to be as hateful and shocking as they can be, because they can be completely anonymous and there will be no consequences, yet when they need to speak using their real name they will not say a word, because in the real world there will be consequences.
 
Sure, it's distasteful when hurting people's feelings -or vice versa.
If someone hurts your feelings, you're not physically being hurt, though. Ie. It's on you what you do with that.
You can choose to ignore it and guess what? You'll be fine and life will go on.

Things change dramatically, when someone threatens your life -especially in a country (continent) riddled with violence.
 
She explained that this means the sender, and only the sender, is responsible for what they send online.

This is fair. I would assume it would go via the Equality Court?
 
“However, if you distribute or broadcast a data message that is harmful in terms of the latest version of the Bill, you are guilty of an offence.”

She explained that this means the sender, and only the sender, is responsible for what they send online.

This is in contrast to earlier advice from social media law experts, who warned that the law of South Africa treats a WhatsApp administrator as if they are an editor of a newspaper – and holds them responsible for the content posted.

If someone posted an obscene, controversial, defamatory, or illegal message in a WhatsApp group you are an administrator of, you were advised to immediately dissociate yourself from it.

Makes more sense.
 
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