- The federal government is committed to tackling fake news and hate speech
- According to Lai Mohammed, FG' plan to sanitise social media is not an attempt to gag the press
- The minister said if the government does nothing, fake news and hate speech will continue to take a major toll on the country
Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, October 29, announced that the federal government was fully prepared to sanitise the social media.
Mohammed made this disclosure in Abuja while speaking with journalists on the plan by the government.
According to him, the move to regulate the social media will be in line with international best practices.
He, however, argued that this does not mean that the federal government is planning to gag the press or muzzle news reporting in the country as being anticipated by some people.
“Gentlemen, since we launched our reform of the broadcast industry, many Nigerians have reached out to us, demanding that we also look into how to sanitise the social media space.
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“I can assure you that we are also working on how to inject sanity into the social media space which, today, is totally out of control," Lai Mohammed said.
According to him, any responsible government will not want to sit idle while fake news and hate speech continue to take a major toll on the country.
He said if social media is not regulated, some alleged dubious people could pitch citizens against each other.
“That is why we will continue to evolve ways to tackle fake news and hate speech until we banish both.
“Therefore, gentlemen, we once again seek your support for our efforts to banish fake news and hate speech from our media space," the minister said.
Legit.ng reports that the federal government's decision is coming about a year after Mohammed said the country's campaign against fake news had received a boost from Facebook which plans to partner with the federal government to check the menace.
The minister announced the planned cooperation in Abuja when he visited Daar Communications, owners of AIT and Raypower, in furtherance of the campaign.
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