4 so­cial me­dia pages closed for in­cit­ing vi­o­lence

The par­lia­ment is sched­uled to dis­cuss a cy­ber crime bill dur­ing the cur­rent leg­isla­tive term

The Daily News Egypt - - Politics -

Four so­cial me­dia pages were closed for be­ing ad­min­is­tered by in­di­vid­u­als cir­cu­lat­ing provoca­tive posts that in­cite vi­o­lence against state in­sti­tu­tions and cit­i­zens, the Min­istry of In­te­rior an­nounced on Tues­day.

This came as a part of the min­istry’s ef­forts to com­bat crimes re­lated to the use of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, par­tic­u­larly by mon­i­tor­ing so­cial me­dia, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the min­istry.

The par­lia­ment is sched­uled to dis­cuss a cy­ber crime bill dur­ing the cur­rent leg­isla­tive term, as it has been pend­ing since the past two terms. Par­lia­ment mem­bers pre­vi­ously drafted a cy­ber crime bill to sup­port coun­tert­er­ror­ism ef­forts and tackle so­cial me­dia users or pages deemed to in­cite vi­o­lence against the state.

The bill in­cluded penal­ties that would im­pose harsh pun­ish­ments rang­ing from heavy fines to prison sen­tences to the death penalty,which has raised con­cerns among civil so­ci­ety mem­bers and ac­tivists, fear­ing that par­lia­ment will vote to pass it.

The bill was not the first of its kind at­tempt­ing to tar­get cy­ber crimes. An­other one was filed in May 2015 and was also re­jected by civil so­ci­ety mem­bers, who called on the pres­i­dent to not ap­prove the law.

The in­di­vid­u­als were ac­cused of post­ing provoca­tive posts that in­cite vi­o­lence against state in­sti­tu­tions and cit­i­zens

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