Egypt approves law clamping down on social media

The new law is one of a series of measures that rights groups say are aimed at curbing freedom of expression online. – EPA pic, September 2, 2018.

EGYPT’S President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified a law granting authorities the right to monitor social media users in the country as part of tightening internet controls, the official gazette said yesterday.

Approved by parliament in July, the state’s Supreme Council for Media Regulations will have the power to place people with more than 5,000 followers – on social media or with a personal blog or website – under supervision.

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