Film and Publications Board looking into regulating online content

The Film and Publications Board (FPB) has launched a public consultation process relating to its draft Online Content Regulation Policy.

The FPB confirmed in Parliament in September 2014 that legislative amendments are to be made to the Film and Publications Act of 1996 in order to facilitate classification of online content.

As many know, the internet is now more widely accessible due to more people having smartphones, computers, tablets, and this includes children.

But there are many challenges regarding online content, which are accessible to children or even involve children directly (child pornography for example), and they want to ensure that such sites are not accessible to them.

COO of the FPB Sipho Rasiba says the intention is to create a framework relating to online platforms, as the public have been abusing facilities such as social media sites through comments relating to racism and hate speech.

Submissions should be emailed to policy.submissions@fpb.org.za or hand delivered to the FPB head office at ECO Glade 2, 420 Witch Hazel Street, ECO Park, Centurion, 0169 and marked for attention Ms. Tholoana Ncheke.

The deadline for submissions is close of business 8 July 2015.

Listen to Kieno Kammies' interview with Sipho Rasiba below:

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