ProBox denounces government attempts to regulate social networks and digital content

ProBox denounces government attempts to regulate social networks and digital content

Published on 04 May 2022

In ProBox's opinion, this project is worrying because, among other things, it implies more control and restrictions to cyberspace.

The digital observatory ProBox denounced this Wednesday, March 23, that the pro-government National Assembly is developing a project to regulate social networks and digital content. Through the social network Twitter, ProBox also highlighted the inauguration of the International University of Communications.

According to the organization, the NA chosen in December 2020 defines that this social networks bill is argued in the “defense of sovereignty within the country’s new communication and information platforms”.

In the opinion of ProBox, the creation of this project gives rise to a “regulation of digital content”.

At the same time, adds the digital observatory, Maduro inaugurated the International University of Communications to “form an army to lead the Venezuelan communication battle” since, according to them, “the international media distort the reality of the country”.

In view of these facts, ProBox enumerated the repercussions that both actions could have on freedom of expression in the country:

  • Greater control and restrictions to cyberspace.
  • Infringement of freedom of expression and the right to information.
  • Persecution for opinions in networks (they warn that in Cuba and Nicaragua there are similar laws that “legitimize” these actions).

It should be recalled that, on numerous occasions, both Maduro and some representatives of his regime have threatened to regulate social networks in the country.

Likewise, the pro-government administration has applied blockades of critical digital news portals, according to data from organizations such as the Institute of Press and Society and Espacio Público.

Read the full article of RunRunes in Spanish here.

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