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FW: Nigeria wants to regulate how social media is used

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.

Nigeria wants to put mechanisms in place to control how people make use of the Internet, particularly in spreading information.  Abdulfatai Buhari (APC- Oyo North), the Chairman Senate Committee on ICT and cybercrime said the National Assembly will pass a law to regulate Nigerians on Facebook, Twitter etc because, according to him, Nigerians are misusing these platforms.


We've been here before

This is not the first time the Federal Government has attempted to regulate and monitor the use of social media. In 2016, the Senate sought to do this but the idea was met with stiff resistant by Nigerians who felt it was infringing on their right to self-expression.

However, according to the Senate Committee on ICT and cybercrime, the committee had received a lot of petitions from Nigerians, particularly those who have fallen victim of false accusations on social media, calling on the Senate to regulate it.

“I remember at the beginning of this administration when we were trying to bring in‎ law to regulate the social media, I could remember what we saw at that time was not palatable.” said Senator Abdulfatai Buhari

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