Egypt plans new controls on social media

( CNN) The Egyptian government is considering radical brand-new proposals to restrict citizens’ access to social media.

A draft bill circulated in Egyptian newspapers would require users to register with the government to access sites including Twitter and Facebook. Successful applicants would receive a login linked to their national ID. Unauthorized usage could result in prison sentences and heavy penalties.

The draft was authored by MP Reyad Abdel Sattar of the liberal Free Egyptians Party, the most significant party in assembly with 65 of 596 sits. He told the Egypt Independent it would: “facilitate commonwealth surveillance over social networks in Egypt by making consumers enroll in a government-run electronic structure that will concede them permission to access Facebook.”

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