The Tanzanian government has banned the use of social media which in organising, planning and supporting protests in that country.
The development is enshrined in the new Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations 2020, which were published on July 17 and approved by Tanzanian Information Minister Harrison Mwakyembe.
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The Citizen, a leading Tanzanian English news site, reported that under the new legislation, organising, planning or even supporting any form of demonstration online is now illegal. State the new regulations:
Contents that are involved in planning, organising, promoting and calling for demonstrations, marches or the like that would lead to public disorder are prohibited.
Publishing content on topics such as sexuality, personal privacy, public security, public safety, religion and false or misleading information about Covid-19 is also prohibited under the new regulations.
Activists in Tanzania say new rules that restrict online content are infringing on people’s freedom of expression.