FG has maintained that it will go ahead with the proposed regulation of social media in Nigeria.
Nigeria online news reports that FG maintained that it was necessary to checkmate the wave of fake news, which it said nearly plunged the nation into disintegration during the recent #ENDSARS protests.
Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed said that social media was used to guide arsonists and looters to certain properties.
He said: “This development has reinforced the campaign against fake news and misinformation, which we launched in 2018.
“In fact, as early as 2017, when we dedicated that year’s National Information Council to the issue of fake news and misinformation, we had been expressing concerns about the dangers posed by irresponsible use of the new media platform.
“The concerns culminated in the launch of the national campaign that I referred to earlier.
“Social media was used to guide arsonists and looters to certain properties, both public and private. Photographs of people, including some celebrities, who were allegedly killed by soldiers at the Lekki toll gate, were widely distributed, only for those people to refute such claims or for the more insightful to refute those posts.
“As we have said many times, no responsible government will stand by and allow such abuse of social media to continue.
“The providers of fake news / disinformation have seized on our concerns to allege that the federal government plans to shut down social media. No, we have no plans to shut down social media.
“What we have always defended, and what we will do, is regulate social networks. Nigeria is not alone in this regard ”.