Twitter users vent at Mahlobo plan to regulate social media

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Twitter on Monday began testing "buy buttons" that let people make purchases directly from marketing posts fired off at the globally popular one-to-many messaging service.

JOHANNESBURG – Twitter users went on an offensive on Monday after the government said it was considering regulating social media.

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Twitter users criticised the plan and created #HandsOffSocialMedia hashtag.

This follows State Security Minister David Mahlobo saying the government was considering regulating social media in an effort to curb the proliferation of what he described as “false” information.

“The false narrative in the social media, it's one of the challenges that South Africa faces,” Mahlobo said at a press conference in Pretoria on Sunday.

Mahlobo acknowledged that such a move would probably draw a wave of criticism and fears of stifling human rights, but added that “even the best democracies ... regulate” social media.