The FPB was created in South Africa as a authority for censorship and also to classify content and give them age appropriate ratings.
The FPB was formed in 1996 after South Africa achieved independence - There purpose would be to receive complaints from the public or requests to make evaluations on films and other publications. Complaints would be processed and the rating of the publication would be determined or changed. The rating the FPB relate to the suitability of the publication, its content, and what age range it is deemed suitable for. The FPB has been involved in several controversies and its operation is often seen as over the top and draconian, with proposed acts such as the Draft Online Regulation Policy which would see any online publication be vetted first by the FPB.
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