The Social Media bill currently debated in the senate chamber has just passed second reading.
Here are Four things you should know about the bill:
1. POLICE ARE GIVEN ABSOLUTE POWERS
The Police are empowered to order removal or corrections of false statement against public interest published online, and as well, direct order to the particular Internet Service Providers to block access to online sites and accounts that transmit same. This means the police has more power to harass and arrest you for no reason.
2. YOUR ACCESS TO THE INTERNET WILL BE BLOCKED IF…
The government will have full power to block your access to the World wide web (WWW) if they catch a whiff of you posting something they term fake news. That means it’s back to the dark ages for us.
3. 3 YEARS JAIL TERM, FINE OR BOTH
This is the plenty for spreading false information. This means you could spend 3 years of your life spending watery beans just because you are accused of saying the government/governor of your state not doing his job.
4. NO USE FOR THE OLD BLIND LADY OF JUSTICE
The police wont need to get a warrant from the court of law to shut you down online when the bail is passed. This means the courts will be inconsequential when the police infringe on you right.