Around thirty bloggers have recently signed the Social Media Charter, an initiative led by the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HACA). The charter aims to support opinion leaders, bloggers, and influencers in navigating the digital space.
One year ago, the adoption of a law regulating all digital communications by individuals with over 25,000 subscribers raised doubts and concerns among bloggers. The Social Media Charter targets all online stakeholders and seeks to regulate illicit content on digital platforms.
This charter serves as a code of ethics for influencers and internet users and comprises seven key principles. These principles encompass upholding the accuracy of information, ensuring transparency in commercial partnerships, and respecting personal data.
Currently, the charter has been endorsed by 35 bloggers, recognized as pioneers by the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HACA). The President of HACA, René Bourgoin, underscores that sanctions are in place in case of violations. He states, “Certain aspects of this charter lean towards penal aspects. When the penal nature is evident, the Prosecutor of the Republic can take action and initiate legal proceedings.”
For bloggers, signing this charter signifies a commitment to credibility. They are requesting guidance to better comprehend the new law passed by the Parliament in December 2022, as this law subjects them to the same constraints as audiovisual producers.
The adoption of the Social Media Charter in Ivory Coast represents a significant step in regulating the digital landscape and promoting responsible online behavior. It reflects the government’s commitment to balancing the freedom of expression with necessary safeguards to ensure the accuracy and integrity of digital content. As the digital space continues to evolve, initiatives like this charter become essential in fostering a more responsible and ethical online environment.