The role of social media in the Arab Spring, and the risk of fake news influencing political and economic events in SA, were among the questions MPs grappled with when they heard oral submissions on the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill on Wednesday. The bill aims to control interactions on social media with a view to preventing social media platforms from enabling hate speech, criminal activity and terrorism. However, various organisations fear its provisions will compromise the constitutional right to freedom of expression. MPs on the justice and correctional services committee heard submissions from organisations including the Centre for Constitutional Rights, Freedom of Religion SA, Right2Know and the Digital Law Company. Karabo Rajuili of Right2Know told the committee that the organisation still had reservations about the bill as its "vague" language opened the door to a government crackdown on social media. "The bill criminalises false information but has such a broad definit...

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