FG not going back on social media regulation – Lai Mohammed


The Federal government has said it has no intention of banning any social media platform in the country again.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, stated this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.

The Minister said the suspension of the platform last year was due to the penchant by some elements to use it to destabilise Nigeria via fake news, disinformation and hate speech.

Mohammed warned that the government does not intend to ban any media from performing its duties, or stifle freedom of expression in country.

In the same vein, the minister said the federal government would also not allow any platform to be used to plunge the country into anarchy.

“Let me say this: We are closely monitoring the evolving developments at Twitter. It has never been our intention to ban any social media platform or stifle free speech.

“No nation will allow any social media platform to plunge it into anarchy. Definitely not in Nigeria. But we have continued to engage positively with the different social media”, he said.

A bill titled- ‘Protection from internet falsehood and manipulations bill, 2019, targeted at curbing the spread of fake news, has passed first reading at the senate.

The minister says it is a matter of protecting Nigeria’s unity, as fake news and hate speech pose a threat to national security.

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