for the first time ever MACRA joined the rest of the world in commemorating safer internet day which falls on the 6th of February every year. safer internet day was coined by insafe to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones especially among children and young people. The theme for this year was “create, connect and share respect a better internet starts with you”.
MACRA partnered with ICTAM, Facebook, Mhub and YONECO in this years commemoration. speaking during a press briefing held in Blantyre MACRA deputy director of consumer affairs Thokozani Chimbe
urged online users to make a positive difference online and refrain from abusing the internet. “as users everyone has the right to report any inappropriate or illegal content circulating online.
The call for safer, appropriate and respectable use of the internet comes at a crucial time as we are the era of fake news, cyber harassment and bullying, forwarding of inappropriate nude and pornographic material, forwarding of graphic pictures of fatal accidents and pictures of the dead.
The newly enacted E-Transaction and Cyber Security act of 2016 criminalizes among other things production and distribution of child pornography, cyber bullying and harassment. “The Laws of the country recognize that as we post things online we are now online editors and as editors in the physical world we shall be held liable for any infringing content that we may post online.
DO NOT DO ON-LINE WHAT YOU CAN NOT DO IN THE REAL WORLD, A SAFER INTERNET STARTS WITH YOU.