WhatsApp Admins in Zambia are Now Required to Register Groups or Get Arrested.


Guys, this is
not funny anymore!!!
First, it
was Uganda with their N20 per day to use social media. Next, we read that
Tanzanian bloggers would have to pay $900/ year to operate.

Now, in
Zambia, there is a speculation that WhatsApp group administrators in the
country would have to register the groups and set up codes of ethics or risk
being arrested if there is a breach. This was hinted at by the Zambia
Information and Communications Technology (ZICTA) boss Mofyta Chisala. In his
words:

“We are
coming up with a law where now every administrator must be registered so that
he can put ethics or codes of conduct for anyone who is going to be on that
blog because at the end of the day, we are going to arrest that person who
created the WhatsApp group or the editor or coordinator of the blog and that
should not be the end game.

However,  ZICTA director general Patrick Mutimushi said
there were no such plans ‘at the moment.’
The
registration of Whatsapp Admins isn’t an African thing, though, a similar law
currently exists in India and in April, the Indian Police arrested Whatsapp
admins for sharing child pornography.

So, over to
you, do you think this is this an overreach of government authority or a
necessary measure to maintain order?

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