Following controversies that trailed the social media and hate speech bill, Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and productivity, has insisted that there must be penalty for positing false information on social media.
The former activist disclosed this on Monday, December 2 in series of tweets. Going further, Keyamo blasted activists who oppose the bill seeking to regulate social media.
He called on the activist to stop blocking people who irritate them on the platforms and asked them to apologise to those they have blocked.
He said: “Those so-called overnight Social Media ‘activists’ who oppose the social media bill should first stop blocking those who irritate them with insults, unblock all those they have blocked and apologise to them. You can’t be intolerant and ask others to be. Practice what you preach,” he tweeted.
“The real agitation should be for parliament, in line with S.36(12) of the 1999 Constitution, to clearly define the TYPES of false & insensitive posts that would attract penal consequences, so that govt doesn’t abuse it. But to leave everyone to just post ANYTHING is unacceptable.”
Keyamo said no one should be allowed to post false information in the name of free speech.