Sunday, 22 November 2020

Social Media Regulation in Nigeria, No Going Back – FG Vow


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This was already discussed in 2019, but Nigerians were against it, but the federal government argued that it would move forward with the proposed agreement on social media.

Social Media Regulation in Nigeria, No Going Back – FG Vow


He said it was necessary to stop a wave of fake news, which he said nearly led the nation to disintegration during the recent #ENDSARS protests.

Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed said social media is being used to direct arson and robbers to certain properties.

He said: “This development has reinforced the campaign against fake news and disinformation, which we launched in 2018.
“As a matter of fact, as far back as 2017, when we dedicated that year’s National Council on Information to the issue of fake news and disinformation, we had been expressing concerns on the dangers posed by irresponsible use of the new media platform.
“The concerns culminated in the launch of the national campaign which I referred to earlier.

“The media was used to guide arsonists and looters to certain properties, both public and private. Pictures of persons, including some celebrities, who were supposedly killed at the Lekki Toll Gate by soldiers, were circulated widely, only for those persons to refute such claims or for the discerning to disprove such posts.
“As we have said many times, no responsible government will stand by and allow such abuse of social media to continue.

“The fake news/disinformation purveyors have latched on to our concerns to allege that the Federal Government is planning to shut down social media. No, we have no plans to shut down social media.

“What we have always advocated, and what we will do, is to regulate social media. Nigeria is not alone in this regard.”

Source: The Nation



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