Transport and Communications Minister Brain Mushimba has clarified and reassured the public that government will not shut down social media but regulate its use.
Mr. Mushimba said he will be taking three bills to parliament that supports productive use of internet and social media.
He said the bills will be cyber security and cyber-crime bill, e-commerce bill and data protection bill.
He said government was concerned with the ongoing abuse of the internet which manifested in cyber bullying, posting of fake news, fraud and the creation of fake accounts on social media.
The minister pointed out that the growth of many economies depends on how people make use of the internet because of the importance of technology in advancing and supporting economic activities.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Mushimba said this when he addressed journalists in Lusaka during a conference on the 30 percent heavy bulk cargo from roads to railways.
Mr. Mushimba said people should stop bullying and threatening others but use the internet to promote social integration and development.
He explained that social media has power to ruin an individual’s life hence it was important to protect the affected people.
The Minister has since tasked agencies such as the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) and the Zambia police (ZP) to ensure that existing laws regulating social media are not being broken.
Mr. Mushimba further stated that government was planning to increase efficiency in government service provision using the internet.
He said this will be done in an information technology (IT) environment which is regulated.
He explained that it was the responsibility of government to protect consumers and to make sure every citizen is not exposed to danger.