Facebook official in Malawi to crackdown on ‘Zigoba’, fake news

A team of  officials for popular  social media platform Facebook are in Lilongwe meeting stakeholders in communications including Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) on how to deal with fake accounts popularly known locally as Zigoba and fake news.

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The Facebook officials are soliciting views on how best to deal with the issue as well as identify gaps in its content policies and overall approach.

Macra director general Godfrey Itaye said the meeting accords players in Malawi’s communication ecosystem a chance to discuss and learn more about election integrity, how to deal with fake accounts and false news, privacy, harassment and child online safety.

“We all have a part to play in making sure that this gift of free speech that these emerging technologies are affording us do not become an impediment to our democracy, freedom, privacy and respect as citizens of this country,” said Itaye.

Telecom operators, media institutions, government ministries, departments and agencies and civil society are attending the meeting.

Nyasa Times understands that if  fake news, cyber bullying and other internet  based crimes become a threat to national security,  Macra may be forced to control access to Facebook and other sites.

Countries like  China  there are restrictions to certain sites one can go to.

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3 years ago

Facebook could not crackdown on US elections. Kudelera a Malawi basi.

Mzungu Wakuda
3 years ago

so do these people address this issue coz of the this forthcoming elections? will fake accounts cast votes? or what else. kapena mukuopa kudzudzulidwa? some people fail to express their views in their own true identity, chonde musatero mutipweteka akazigobafe

Mzungu Wakuda
3 years ago

so do these guys pay attention to this issue because of the forth coming watershed elections? shame!
at last they will leave facebook funless.
some people fail to express their views in their own true identity, so hiding while air-outing views is the best!
chonde musatero mutipweteka akazigobafe!

3 years ago

This can`t work what about those who are abroad how are they going to control them and we well know in Malawi we do not have the pemanert address so where are they going to find those zigoba zo pa post-office? or is it because the election is near.

3 years ago

So MACRA has invited Facebook to control or limit access to it due to elections? Let Malawians be vigilant against abuse of their right to expression by MACRA.

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