Egypt plans new controls on social media

( CNN) The Egyptian government is considering progressive 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 locates including Twitter and Facebook. Successful applicants would receive a login linked to their national ID. Unauthorized application could result in prison sentences and heavy fines.

The draft was authored by MP Reyad Abdel Sattar of the radical Free Egyptians Party, the most significant defendant in assembly with 65 of 596 tushes. He told the Egypt Independent it would: “facilitate nation surveillance over social networks in Egypt by making useds enroll in a government-run electronic method that they are able to grant them permission to access Facebook.”

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