Earlier in the week Floyd Shivambu, the ANC Youth League Spokesperson, released a statement in which he stated the ANCYL was concerned about the creation of fake Twitter accounts in the name of Julius Malema (ANC Youth League president). He also stated that there were computer hackers who created these accounts in the name of the South African president (Jacob Zuma) and were recurrently posting misleading messages. According to his statement, the ANCYL had reported these impersonators and hackers and that no action had been taken against them by Twitter’s administrators. He added that the ANCYL would now approach the relevant authorities to report these hackers and called for the closure of Twitter if its administrators are not able to administer reports for violation of basic human rights and integrity. The statement had 2 spelling mistakes. “Creation” and “closure” was spelt wrong. Twitter users and bloggers alike have had field day with this in the past week. There have been an abundance of comments about this on Twitter in the past week. Most people have laughed it off and joked about it. Other Twitter users have seized the opportunity to create more fake accounts. In a statement yesterday Julius Malema claimed that there were “White People” behind the fake Twitter accounts.
This is a little arrogant if you ask me. Twitter has more than 120 million users worldwide. This is just another attempt by the ANCYL to show us how hard-up they are when it comes to media freedom and freedom speech in South Africa in general. It seems they’re quite serious about applying “Apartheid-style” media restriction laws in to protect themselves from negative publicity and media exposure. Maybe they should learn more about Twitter before criticizing it. And maybe they should think about the struggle many South Africans went through to get the freedoms that are enjoyed by citizens of this country today before they go ahead with their plans to demolish it. Today’s motivational defines Arrogance.
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