Social Media Bill: We will regulate not shutdown Social Media – FG

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The Nigerian Federal Government today is currently delivering statement on the proposed social media bill and it said, FG has has no plan to shut down the internet or social media, however, no going back on the bill.
FG cleared that it would only work with stakeholders to regulate social media.

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, just said this at a press conference still on-going in Abuja as we report.

The Minister iterated the abuse of social media and which resulted in its use for propagation of the #EndSARS protest that consequentially resulted in many problems.

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 social 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 the social media.

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


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Mohammed Abdulganiyu Haruna

He is a prolific writer and a BSc. and MSc. holder at the prestigious Universities, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria and University of Benin, Benin, Nigeria. He is also a freelance writer and a publisher of many articles and a book. He is a social worker by profession and a passionate and patriotic enthusiast. He has won many writing contests and given presentations on salient issues at different radio stations and news outlets. He has lectured at so many schools, recently, at University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. He is an accommodating and lovely person.

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