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Zimbabweans facing jail time over social media abuse

A cabinet minister says the Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Bill will go to parliament as soon as possible.

Picture: Supplied

HARARE – The Zimbabwe government says it plans to pass a new law that will see people being jailed for up to 10 years for abusing social media.

A cabinet minister says that the Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Bill will go to parliament as soon as possible.

Information Minister Supa Mandiwanzira has told the media that numerous crimes are being committed in cyberspace.

The Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Bill allows for a 10-year jail term for various offences, including posting material that causes emotional distress to others.

It outlaws revenge porn, which has been a problem here in the past.

But some aspects of the law will prove controversial, including a section that allows for the extradition and prosecution of foreign-based Zimbabweans.