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With the commencement of the Cybercrimes Act on the 1st of December, it is now a crime to send WhatsApp and other messages, and to create social media posts that threaten to harm others, or which result in violence or damage to property.
A particular aspect of the offence of incitement to commit public violence, considering the tragic consequences, is that the accused’s actual intention is irrelevant.
Fake news and other forms of misinformation about COVID-19 are prohibited on “any medium” such as SMS, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, online videos, other messaging and networking or social media platforms.