Nigerian govt states position on social media regulation
The Federal Government has come out to say it has no intention of shutting down social media.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the clarification on Saturday in Lagos, NAN reports.
The minister said the Muhammadu Buhari led administration has high regards
for freedom of the press adding that its plan is to regulate social media to
be responsible and not give out fake news and hate speech.
He said we should not misinterpret his recent call for the regulation of the excesses of social media for a total ban.
“We did not at any time say that we will shut down the social media.
“Social media has come to stay and it will be an attack on democracy to shut it down
because it is the fastest way of passing out information all over the world.
“However, it must be regulated to avoid it being used in a manner that it becomes a supplier of fake news and hate speech.
“Also, we will not fold our arms to allow suppliers of fake news and
hate speech to use social media to throw the country into chaos,” he said.