UP defends ‘social media warning’ to students
The university says the warning is purely a reminder to students to be responsible.
JOHANNESBURG - The University of Pretoria says its announcement that students could be suspended, expelled or charged for liking, retweeting or getting tagged on certain posts - deemed as hate speech - is to remind them of their responsibilities.
The institution sent the message out to students on the university's portal this week.
Last week, lectures were suspended after clashes erupted between students over language policies.
The varsity's Anna-Retha Bouwer says the recent protests were fuelled by comments on social media.
"The things that you do say on social media might actually come back and haunt you. And that is not only true when you are student, it's also true when you are an adult who works for a company and we have many examples of that."
Meanwhile students have responded with the Hashtag #UnslinceUP:
UP is trying by all means to stop us from telling our stories and showing the world the type of institution it really is #UnsilenceUP— Bantu Biko (@Crazee_Dita) March 3, 2016
To police us on social media is just too personal...Like really, are we aware of which century we living in? ah! #UnsilenceUP— Mr Happy (@Epignostic) March 3, 2016
I Write What I Like... #UnsilenceUP— Mfazist (@NalediChirwa) March 3, 2016
i retweet what i like #UnsilenceUP— Herman Ntladi (@NtladiHerman) March 3, 2016
University of Privacy— MartinLutherQueen 👑 (@MartinLuther_Q) March 2, 2016
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UP students have been silenced. This is unacceptable. If you have information you want to share please send it to us. #UnsilenceUP— Rhodes Must Fall (@RhodesMustFall) March 2, 2016