JOHANNESBURG – Social Media law expert Emma Sadleir says Twitter’s guidelines compel the platform to remove the graphic video of Free State legislation speaker Zanele Sifuba from its site.
This comes after the Film and Publications Board (FPB) wrote to Twitter to immediately remove the explicit video on Thursday.
A graphic video of Sifuba was leaked last week after she allegedly refused to pay a blackmailer R300,000.
READ: FPB balls on Twitter to remove explicit video of FS Speaker Sifuba
Since 2019, revenge porn has been declared a criminal act in South Africa, which could land a perpetrator in jail for four years or have them pay a R300,000 fine.
Sadleir says although pornography is legal on the site, child porn and non-consensual porn are illegal.
The social media expert says while the video still exists on the platform, those sharing the content are contributing to a chain of publications, that could land them in jail or have them pay hefty fines.
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“If I forward content, I retweet content, I share content I’m legally responsible for that publication. Any person who knowingly distributes content without the consent of the person depicted is guilty of a criminal offence.”
Image-based violence is illegal in South Africa:
🔴The distribution of “private sexual photos or films” is a crime under the Films and Publications Amendment Act = R300,000+4 yrs prison
🔴The sharing of “intimate images” is a crime under the Cybercrimes Act = fine+3 yrs prison
‘ Emma Sadleir Berkowitz (@EmmaSadleir) November 9, 2022