n Without Prejudice - The laws around social media : student feature

Volume 15, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



Social media usage is growing rapidly in South Africa. There are reportedly 11.8 million Facebook users, followed by YouTube with 7.2 million users and Twitter with 6.6 million users. Social media does not come without its risks and, unfortunately, one of the most significant risks is the threat to privacy. The right to privacy, enshrined in the Constitution, aims to protect the dignity of all South Africans. This right also protects reputation, honour and identity. However, Justice J Ackermann of the Constitutional Court held that "privacy is acknowledged in the truly personal realm, but as a person moves into communal relations and activities such as business and social interaction, the scope of personal space shrinks accordingly".

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