Egypt gets ready to go after so called, “Social media crimes.”

Egypt gets ready to go after so called, “Social media crimes.”

It’s not only the Ugandan and Indian Governments worried about rumors circulating on social media.

In Egypt, last month, a woman received an 11-year prison sentence from the Heliopolis Misdemeanor Court for making a video about Cairo street scams that unfortunately for her went viral.

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Still-President and Former-Minister of Defense Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, after claiming his government faced, “21,000 false rumors in three months,” has come up with a law allowing for the prosecution of anyone with more than 5,000 followers spreading what he’s dubbed as, “False news.”

The Golden Age of Free Speech For Those Under 5,000 Followers

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: Didn’t Morsi have a similar pair of shades?

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: Didn’t Morsi have a similar pair of shades?

While for now those of us under that 5,000 mark aren’t on the chopping block, as with everything government, it’s only a matter of time.

The new law will impose fines, and demand licensing from the Supreme Council for the Administration of Media for websites over that magically influential number of 5,000.

PDers, do you remember when 2018 turned into 1984?