11 May 2024, Myles Illidge, My Broad Band

Under the regulations proposed, ISPs could face fines up to R750,000 and five years in prison for failing to notify the FPB within 30 days of becoming aware that their services were used to spread disinformation or misinformation.

It first published a notice detailing the policy on 22 March 2024, after which it faced legal threats from several advocacy groups, including Media Monitoring Africa and the South African National Editors Forum.

They raised several concerns and threatened to take the FPB to court if it didn’t withdraw the notice by 17:00 on 4 April 2024.

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