Nigeria and the Obsession to Regulate Social Media
Nigeria News Update |
On June 26, 2018, the Chairman of the Nigerian Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Abdul Fatai Buhari, announced that the Nigerian government has laid before the Senate a Bill set to regulate social media “because many Nigerians are misusing it.”
Making the announcement during a speech at a Cybersecurity Conference in Abuja, he said that if social media is left unregulated, the activities of Nigerians on social media “could set the country on fire” as the country approaches national elections.
The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, also later confirmed the government’s resolve to control the cyber activities of citizens. He said his ministry was working with the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the National Assembly (NASS) to put in place rules that impose sanctions on those that “undermine the country’s interests and global security on the cyberspace.”
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