The proposals in the latest draft guidelines include changing the definitions of key terms to align them with those in the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, and the Films and Publications Amendment Act.
In addition, the FPB includes a proposal that the distributors of a film, game, publication or online content will explicitly include people that stream content through the Internet, social media or other electronic media.
“This would seemingly include an individual posting a personal video on social media for non-commercial purposes,” Webber Wentzel said.
That implies that a social media user would have to submit their content for classification, which includes the addition of an age restriction to guide viewers on the nature of the content and whether it is safe for consumption by children.
The guidelines also propose stricter measures for classifying content.
“For example, the proposals aim to enhance the decision-making capability of adults (for themselves and their children) when consuming content, by providing them with the tools to make an informed choice,” Webber Wentzel said.
IN THE MEDIA
- MyBroadband – Radical rule changes for putting videos on social media in South Africa proposed — including age restrictions
- Glitched Online – FPB Wants All Content Creators and Users To Submit Videos For Classification Before Publishing
- Businesstech – Massive problems with new proposed internet rules for South Africa
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