Minister of State Security David Mahlobo sent Twitter into a frenzy after he reportedly said that government is considering regulating social media.
According to reports, Mahlobo was responding to a question by a reporter about the fake news during a question and answer session after a press briefing by the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS).
Mahlobo said social media was being abused and the government were contemplating to regulate the space.
“Even the best democracies that are revered, they regulate the space. We will be discussing how do we regulate it,” Mahlobo was quoted as saying.
The hashtag #HandsOffSocialMedia has been among the top trending hashtags in South Africa with hilarious memes and comments.
In case you missed them: #HandsOffSocialMedia.
Ekse David Mahlobo & The ANC
— Ke_Didi (@Simile_Sonke) March 6, 2017
— Amenhotep (@josephnceba) March 6, 2017
— Sazi Notshweleka (@Mansaz) March 6, 2017
— I’ll be honest (@MOHALE94) March 6, 2017
Our government,so many things & people that need their attention but they want to focus on regulating social media 🤦♀️ #HandsOffSocialMedia
— Karabo Mokgoko (@Karabo_Mokgoko) March 6, 2017
— Just Sayin… (@ThaboMaru) March 6, 2017
David Mahlobo probably got ignored by some chick in DMs and is taking it out on all of us now #HandsOffSocialMedia
— Sdu Yun Li (@SduduzoG) March 6, 2017
— Tumi Sole (@tumisole) March 6, 2017
— e’ tu brute^ (@drsmindlo) March 6, 2017