By Yasmeen Badawy
Social media in Egypt has played a huge role in politics and shaping people’s opinions. The Egyptian parliament has passed a law giving the state the power to block social media accounts and penalize journalists who publish fake news. Under this law, a personal social media account, blog, or website with more than 5,000 followers is considered a media outlet and subjected to media law. Social media accounts in this context include Twitter and Facebook.
This new law was passed on Sunday by two-thirds of MPs which placed popular accounts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms under the supervision of Egypt’s media regulator, the Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media. According to the Telegraph, the council was also given the power to block websites and file criminal complaints against platforms and individuals accused of offenses such as “inciting people to violate laws” and “defamation against individuals and religions”.
WE SAID THIS: If you have more than 5000 followers, check yourself before you wreck yourself!