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article imageGovernment Urge Crackdown on Blogs

By Janice Ambrose     May 31, 2007 in Internet
South Africa - ID Leader, Patricia de Lille has called on government to crackdown and regulate blog websites and also the popular MXit text message service.
The National Intelligence Agency has been asked to track down the author of defamatory statements, made about the ID's, Simon Grindrod on a blog. He has reported the matter to the Caledon Square police, who are investigating it.
A blog was also recently found with slanderous comments, about a famous rugby player, a respected reverend, in the church and a prominent entertainer.
De Lille has also said "A worrying development in cyberspace is the abuse of blogging, which allows anonymous individuals to post defamatory comments about anyone they choose, without the legal consequences they would face, in other more reputable print and electronic media."
"People used these forums to defame "with impunity".
To stop this De Lille would like to use every legal option available, to hold not only the website, but also the perpetrator, responsible. She would like this kind of thing not to go unchallenged.
She is also concerned about a surge in activity among young children on MXit, which makes them vulnerable to sexual predators and paedophiles. Some school principals and parents, have raised concerns about children who are addicted to the messaging service.
Certain schools have banned cellphones from school premises, and some parents were monitoring their children's use of MXit, which charges only two cents to send a message. Children are also able to send photographs via MXit.
Attempts to get hold of MXit owners were unsuccessful.
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