Addicted to social media?
You may want to pause before you hit 'post'.
The National Assembly has passed the Film and Publications Amendment Bill, which seeks to regulate what we can post online.
It gives the Film and Publications Board the power to block content published on the internet.
This Bill was intended to bring the Film and Publications Board into the future, by giving them the ability to put restrictions on online content.— Nicholas Hall, Attorney at Michalson's Attorneys
They wanted to be able to go after services like Netflix and Showmax, which aren't covered by the Broadcasting Authority, so they don't need age restrictions.— Nicholas Hall, Attorney at Michalson's Attorneys
Speaking to Kieno Kammies, Hall says the Bill has the affect of giving the FPB incredibly wide powers.
Due to the definition of film, and the FPB's ability to classify other publications, it creates this ridiculous situation whereby the FPB has the power to classify almost any content put on line.— Nicholas Hall, Attorney at Michalson's Attorneys
Hall says, should the Bill pass, he would consider taking it to the Constitutional Court.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Your Facebook posts could be censored under new Bill