Twitter Users in Egypt with More than 5,000 Followers Will Be Classed as Media Entities amid Crackdown on Dissent 

Twitter and Facebook users in Egypt with more than 5,000 followers will be monitored under the state’s media regulator as part of new laws tightening free speech and cracking down on dissent.

Egypt’s parliament passed a bill regulating the press that includes restrictions on social media, one of the few remaining forums for criticism in the increasingly authoritarian country.

The bill allows the government-appointed Supreme Media Council to monitor and take action against bloggers and Twitter and Facebook users with more than 5,000 followers who publish “fake news or incitement to illegal actions, violence or hate”.

Violations may be punished by blocking the website, the law says, among other “appropriate actions”.

The Telegraph