What’s happening Africa with the internet and social media?

 Want to fight fake news or make some profits?

It is annoying to find out that Africa president are really bringing a lot principles that guides the way people operate and browse on the internet. It isn’t encouraging at all. They keep beating around the bush, looking for a way, source of means to make money, profits forgetting the essential needs of their citizens.

What is the news:

*. Zambia wants WhatsApp group admins to be registered
*. Tanzania wants bloggers and vloggers to pay $900

Everyone is still mesmerized on the reason, why Zambians wants Whatsapp group admins to get registered first. And guess what, if the Whatsapp group admin fails to get registered, there is chances of being locked up. Here is what Zambia Information and Communications Technology (ZICTA) boss Mofyta Chisala, said:

“We are coming up with a law where now every administrator must be registered so that he can put ethics or codes of conduct for anyone who is going to be on that blog because at the end of the day, we are going to arrest that person who created the WhatsApp group or the editor or coordinator of the blog and that should not be the end game.”

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Not just that, Bloggers in Tanzania’s are also facing the fury of their governments. Currently, Tanzanian Government said they would certify all bloggers in the country and charge them an annual fee of $900 before they can blog and it covers YouTube vloggers.

Any blogger who defies the new law could be fined at least $2,200 or face imprisonment. Recall that Ugandans will soon have to pay N20 to use social media (it is still under review) but these moves has been termed as an attempt by the government to avoid criticism on social media and a threat to freedom of speech and expression.

Considering the facts that Facebook has made a lot of mistakes in controlling the fake news that consequently led to election result misguides in different countries doesn’t mean, citizen should be forced to pay a dime for accessing any social networking websites and after all, Facebook are tackling the fake news scandal.

I still have to ask myself this, after the recent scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytical; a data-mining firm that took millions of user data from Facebook, US Congress have forced Mark Zuckerberg to testify for them, last month, Mark also testified for EU and rumors say, he might as well go to Russia sooner but the question here is, what are Africa president doing about that?

It is scary and frustrating to see how our Africa leaders are taking this issue of internet, social media, bloggers, vloggers, Whatsapp admin head-to-head. Seriously, if there should follow the ‘so-called American way’ they should tackle other minor situation and conditions in their various countries.

If they want to fight fake news, they should devise another method | If they want to make money, profits, gain, they should also devise another means and not this way / method! It is really devastating!

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