Venezuela mon­i­tors so­cial me­dia posts

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s gov­ern­ment is ex­tend­ing its au­thor­ity over the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor to in­clude so­cial me­dia web­sites.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Jorge Ro­driguez said Mon­day that the Na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion will mon­i­tor so­cial me­dia posts that “spread hate” on­line.

The an­nounce­ment came a week af­ter the newly in­stalled con­sti­tu­tional assem­bly passed a law threat­en­ing prison sen­tences up to 20 years for any­body spread­ing any mes­sage through tele­vi­sion, ra­dio or so­cial me­dia that in­sti­gates vi­o­lence or hate.

Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro has blamed op­po­si­tion lead­ers for post­ing mes­sages on so­cial me­dia that he claims sparked four months of protests ear­lier this year.

Na­tional Assem­bly Pres­i­dent Julio Borges says of­fi­cials will use the law to pun­ish peo­ple crit­i­cal of hu­man rights abuses.

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