The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has disclosed that there is no going back on the earlier plan to regulate social media.
In an interview with newsmen, Lai Mohammed revealed this after he debunked the existence of a bill for the regulation of social media and also said that the two main social media platforms; Facebook and Google have been contacted about the action.
According to the statement he revealed to Newsmen in Abuja, he said the aims is to ensure that damages are no longer done via the use of social media.
He stated below:
“We are pushing ahead with our plan to sanitize the social media, working with stakeholders. By March 2, 2020, we will inaugurate a stakeholders committee that will deliberate and recommend the way forward.
“We are also planning a major international conference that will bring together the tech companies, media practitioners, policy makers and others as part of efforts to tackle this growing canker-worm
“Last week, I met with representatives of Google and Facebook for the same purpose. The situation is dire, and no nation that values its peace, security and stability will allow an irresponsible use of the social media.
“There has been a spike in the dissemination of fake news and the use of disinformation in recent times. This is not accidental: Fake news, disinformation and hate speech have become the weapons of choice to create tension in the polity and destabilise the country.
“And those behind them, the naysayers, are not about to relent. Those behind this campaign of fake news and disinformation have also deployed new tactics, top of which is the recycling old news items and videos.
“For some people, the 2019 elections are not over. They are stuck in the pre-election mode. And they must continue to use these weapons to put Nigeria on edge.”
Another plan that was revealed by Lai Mohammed was that Whatsapp will also be tracked such as recording of calls, monitoring of the application
“Another good example is the video of the over 400 young men suspected to be Boko Haram members who were intercepted in Abia State in 2014.
“About two weeks ago, the video came back into circulation, creating panic in the polity. The intention of those behind it is simple: to create tension and panic in the country.”
Things might get unbearable to some Nigerians as Federal Government seems to be serious about the regulation of social media.
Does it mean that Nigerians won’t be free to say anything they feel like broadcasting across social media?