Policy aims to regulate online content

iphone-macbook-air-man-156ONLINE videos, pictures, posts and other content may soon be regulated.

This is if the Film and Publications Board has its way in implementing the draft online regulation policy aimed at regulating content distributed in South Africa.

The draft policy, gazetted for public comment yesterday, requires distributors to also have digital content classified in terms of the board’s guidelines.

In terms of the policy, producers of content would have to apply for classification before their content would be made available online.

A prescribed fee from R450 will be imposed upon applying for an online distribution agreement, with an expected turnaround time of 10 days for classification.

Though current legislation was not platformspecific, the FPB said it had largely focused more on physical and less the online space.

The regulatory body recently signed an interim classification agreement with online content distributors and internet service providers.

The board’s chief operations officer Sipho Risiba said user-generated content was a problem leading to the prevalence of offensive content such as racism, sexual, school violence videos and posts that may entice imitative acts.

The FPB said mobile access to online content had increased the levels of vulnerability among underage children to be exposed to adult and “harmful” experiences.

– Poppy Louw

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