Jah Prayzah joins fight against fake news and cyber bullying
CONTEMPORARY musician Jah Prayzah has added his voice to the ongoing global fight against cyber bullying and the spreading of fake news.
In an interview he had with BBC Africa, Jah Prayzah says the scourge of fake news is damaging not just to celebrities and popular figures, but everyone.
“Let’s use Social Media responsibly and always consider the damage to the other person before bullying or circulating any fake news. Fake news affects not just celebrities, but everyone can be a victim,” he said.
His clarion call comes as Government announced it is speeding up the signing into law of a bill that makes it a punishable offence to spread fake news and abuse social media.
This was revealed by ICT, Postal and Courier Services Minister Kazembe Kazembe.
“We are now working hard to bring the Cybercrime and Cyber Security Bill into law. We now realise that it is long overdue with the rampant abuse of social media platforms.
“Social media abusers have become so wanton that they are now even going to the extent of creating false death notices, which goes against our culture as a people.
“I urge users of this new Community Information Centre to use it responsibly,” he said at the launch of a Community Information Centre in Charandura.
In 2017, former President Robert Mugabe appointed Patrick Chinamasaas the Minister of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation, with a special mandate to fight cybercrimes on the back of a rise in mobile telephony and broadband penetration in Zimbabwe.