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Should social media be regulated?

#HandsOffSocialMedia has trended on Twitter, with people condemning government's possible regulation of social media.

Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG – Minister of State Security David Mahlobo announced that government is considering regulating social media, sending Twitter users into a frenzy.

The hashtag #HandsOffSocialMedia started trending on Twitter with people condemning government's possible move.

Mahlobo raised concerns saying social media was being abused and government was contemplating to regulate the various platforms.

The minister said this was primarily due to the spread of fake news and scams.

The announcement was met with disapproval, humour and irritation.

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