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Senegal’s president joins the chorus against Twitter and Facebook

By Damien Glez

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Posted on June 21, 2021 16:00

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Now that Macky Sall has called for new legislation to give the Senegalese government greater control of social media, internet users are suffering the consequences – namely censorship – of the online excesses of a minority.

In Senegal, where social media sites play a pivotal role in ensuring transparency of elections, President Macky Sall in May began criticising people who hide behind their keyboards to “gratuitously destroy the reputations of individuals and entire families”.

He announced that he had instructed his digital economy minister, Yankhoba Diattara, to draw up legislation to beef up regulation of social media platforms.

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