MXit cracks down on porn and cyber criminals PDF Print E-mail

NoPorn South African-created cellular and computer social networking and instant messaging software application Mxit is taking a strict stance against pornography and cyber criminals.

A press release from the wildly popular chat application reveals that the next generation chat platform will from now on adopt a one strike and you’re out attitude against users who post any offensive or explicit material within any of MXit’s public areas.

This zero-tolerance policy means that anyone who posts pornographic and distasteful pictures, or does anything on MXit which can be construed as suspicious behaviour with criminal intent, will immediately be banned from the system without any warning and even, when necessary, be handed over to the Cybercrime Unit of the South African Police Service.

According to Herman Heunis, MXit’s founder and CEO, this ruthless approach is being taken due to a small fraction of MXit’s more than 19 million users who has been tarnishing the system’s reputation by engaging in unsavoury behaviour for too long.

Heunis says MXit is finally in a position to identify all such offenders. “Until very recently, we had great difficulty in identifying and tracking these degenerates, but with new developments, we are now in a situation where they leave a definite electronic footprint.

He reassures users that MXit has no intention of imposing censorship on private communication between users. “Our users’ right to privacy is, and will always be, of paramount importance. However, when someone publishes offensive content or uses our platform to prey on innocent people, we shall remove them from our system.”

Heunis also reiterates that MXit users should be cautious when using the system. “Lastly, I want to strongly urge users never to exchange personal information with strangers, and certainly not to meet them in person. Inviting strangers to be your friend on MXit, or any other social network for that matter, is exactly the same as opening your front door without knowing who is on the other side. It just isn’t smart.”

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written by malcolmp, March 25, 2010
This is a great move by MXit.

It seems they are trying to effect policing without actually snooping on conversations - hope it works!

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