Last week Monday, I joined the host of Star FM’s #TheHub programme to quiz the ICT Minister, Supa Mandiwanzira on what exactly Government regards as ‘social media abuse’ and to get clarity on Government’s stance regarding social media i.e is Government planning to ban/regulate it?
In this 3-part interview, Min Mandiwanzira responds. I add a few quotes from the discussion and will leave you to ponder them.
Mandiwanzira on Government’s ‘official stance’:
The official stance is that social media is an important tool for development…..but we must promote the responsible use of social media
Mandiwanzira on what constitutes social media:
When we talk about abuse we are talking about things that undermine the rights of others….things that are illegal in the context of our country’s laws
Mandiwanzira on how Government views criticism:
They are talking about we don’t want you to criticise the President or to criticise ministers. Well, we like criticism…
Mandiwanzira on claims that he stole money from parastatals:
I think that they must produce evidence… There has been stories that I took $200 000 and I drive a $200 000 car, what nonsense!
Mandiwanzira on identifying those who abuse social media:
Zimbabweans, especially the bad apples, must never fool themselves that they cannot be found. Every item you use has an address….people must not hide behind technology and think they are smart
Mandiwanzira on dealing with users who abuse social media:
I think the people who must regulate social media are its users. When you see as a user of social media somebody abusing it and sending you child pornography, report them to the police….there are laws that already deal with that….