New Media Reform Bill to Give Gov Power to Read All Exchanges Through Social Media

 | Tue 4 Jul 2017 09:03 ICT

CityNews – A new social media reform bill has passed by the National Reform Steering Assembly on July 3, requiring all foreign-owned online media outlets to register with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Office so they can be regulated.

The reform bill was rushed through the government and now has set a deadline of 2019 for all foreign-owned media outlets to register with NBTC so that all exchanges online can be recorded and be used to trace criminals and as evidence in court cases.

The reform bill also requires the foreign-based online services to be taxed on their advertising and online trading.

The long year plan by the government is to, over the next 20 years, raise ethical awareness and knowledge in exposing online criminals and have stronger legal control over child abuse, conspirators, and criminals.