Regulation of social media: I can’t be accused of plagiarism - Senator Musa

Regulation of social media: I can’t be accused of plagiarism - Senator Musa

- Senator Mohammed Musa dismisses the claim that he plagiarised the social media regulatory bill from a similar bill in Singapore

- The legislator made the denial after the claim surfaced on the internet that he plagiarised a bill, which was not too long ago signed into law by the government of Singapore

- The senator explains that it is necessary for lessons to be drawn from other jurisdictions in finding workable solutions in Nigeria

The legislator credited with sponsoring the social media regulatory bill, Senator Mohammed Musa, has faulted claims that he plagiarised a similar bill recently passed into law in Singapore.

There have been claims on the internet that the lawmaker's bill entitled ‘Protection from Internet falsehood and manipulations bill 2019’, was plagiarised from a bill, which was not too long ago signed into law by the government of Singapore.

But Senator Mohammed Musa, who faulted the claim on his Twitter handle on Saturday, November 23, explained that all over the world, legislation in one country can influence laws in another country especially when the issue presents similar challenges of regulation.

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He said it was necessary for lessons to be drawn from other jurisdictions in finding workable solutions in Nigeria

Musa noted that legislations across the globe are "public documents and national legislations do not claim right over them as to form the basis for plagiarism over them, their effectiveness being limited to the territorial jurisdiction of each sovereignty”.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the efforts by the federal government to clamp down on people who make hate speeches and spread fake news in Nigeria, especially on social media, on Tuesday, November 5, got a boost as the Senate reintroduced the bill to regulate the use of the platform in the country.

Premium Times reports that the bill, protection from internet falsehood and manipulations bill, 2019, sponsored by Mohammed Sani Musa, was one of the 11 bills read for the first time at the red chamber

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According to the online medium, the old bill titled: A Bill For An Act to Prohibit Frivolous Petitions and Other Matters Connected Therewith, was sponsored by Bala Ibn Na’Allah and sought to compel critics to accompany their petitions with sworn court affidavit, or face six months imprisonment upon conviction.

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