I called repeatedly for setting controls on social media and electronic platforms because of its bad and rapid impact on society, and its constant bullying on the humanity, the recent victim was superstar Mervat Amin.
I warned that everything has become permissible on social media, everyone could spread a rumor, violate the sanctity of anything, bully a person, fabricate a picture of marriage, quarrel or interview, publish false news.
I also warned, and I am still warning of a state of absolute chaos that rules this world, which is no longer virtual, but rather affects our daily lives and causes disasters that could disperse society, drain its energy and take it away from its basic issues.
This happens despite the existence of a law governing social media issued since 2018, the law stipulates that every personal website, blog or account with a number of followers reaching five thousand or more must be blocked in case of publishing or broadcasting false news or calling for violating the law, committing violent acts or hatred.
I stressed and I am still stressing the necessity of re-reading this law and addressing its shortcomings after the traffic and the number of views and readings became a goal in itself and for it everything is permitted, including paying the fine, because the advertising revenue from the traffic is much more than the fine, after especially after Tik Tok and YouTube channels increased randomly besides Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and others.
There is a deceptive belief that they are the best source for news and facts, despite the fact that most of them are lying.
Fortunately, the Supreme Council for Media Regulation assumes its responsibilities and ensures the protection of the values of society. The Council, headed by journalist Karam Gabr, issued a decision to obligate television electronic content platforms to adhere to the norms and values of the state, and decided to issue regulations and licenses for electronic content platforms such as Netflix and Disney.
The licenses and regulations include the commitment of the platforms to the societal norms and values of the state, and taking the necessary measures in case of broadcasting material that contradicts the values of society.
Despite these decisions, which came at its time after the spread of the rumors, fabrication of statements, or violation of people’s private lives became permissible, we are still waiting for other controls regulating the private channels rush to shed light on fake trends, even if by criticizing them unconsciously.