Banning social media not a solution to Africa’s governance problems 

Sometimes our politicians need to make wider consultations before going to the media to make certain pronouncements, ” if cyber bullying , fake news  and other vices continue will have to go the China way of banning Facebook and Google …..” , said our minister of communication and transport Eng Brian  Mushimba   ,China has its own tencent app wechat,  and Sina Weibo which is the equivalent of Americas twitter,  so which social media will the govt offer as alternatives after banning Facebook and Google? Most free smart phone apps we use are free of charge and a supported only by adverts which are powered by Google AdSense, which is way cheaper than advertising in traditional print media or even electronic media,  imagine an advert which can reach millions of Zambians at only K9/ day,  the same same story with Facebook the tech giant survives on advertising revenue, it’s target based adverts Which target a specific age group and location,  we should not look for cosmetic solutions we must dig to find long lasting solutions,  most of these problems can be curbed by having adequate legislation, like Zicta said having laws to curb cyber crime,  than killing the spirit of enterprise,  I have noticed alot of e-commerce going on from Facebook,  now if it where to be banned that’s strangling  an SME who markets  his / her products on Facebook.

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