Rwanda: Government Unveils Intent to Regulate Content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Paula Ingabire, the Rwandan Minister of ICT and Innovation, revealed on May 10, 2019 that the government is preparing strategies to regulate content on social networks in order to combat misinformation. develops there.

The intervention of the Minister, at the hearing of the budget for the 2019/2020 fiscal year, followed a question from Jean Claude Ntezimana MP on the measures planned by the State to fight against abusive content and false identities on these exchange platforms.

“We have launched a program to engage all people with social media platforms to develop a content management approach, because when there is a lie, it is misinformation, defamation. We are really looking to protect our citizens more than anything. This is the fundamental goal of content regulation, protecting our citizens and ensuring we create a safe space for everyone, “said Paula Ingabire.

“All countries, especially developed economies, are already embarking on a content regulation campaign on social media platforms. And the Rwandan government is very anxious to do this because although it is true that there must be a free sharing of information, at the same time, information must also build people, build a country “ she said.

Paula Ingabire pointed out that teams of experts will discuss the issue of social media content regulation at the Transform Africa summit in Rwanda from 14 to 17 May 2019.

Source: Agence Ecofin