A law to control social networks in Egypt

The Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has enacted legislation to closely monitor certain user accounts of social networks in Egypt.

Under the new law, anyone with more than 5,000 online subscribers on a personal website, blog or social networks can be monitored.

The Higher Council of Media Regulation, known for its hostility towards foreign media and television programs considered to be strongly sexual, will be allowed to punish.

More than 500 news sites or NGOs are currently stranded in Egypt, according to the Cairo-based Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression.

According to the Egyptian authorities, the new law will punish those who broadcast false news, content intended to break the law or incite hatred or violence.

Human rights organizations claim that these measures are aimed at restricting freedom of expression on the Internet.

In August, the president enacted a law allowing authorities to block websites that publish content considered a threat to national security.

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