- Festus Keyamo has backed regulation of social media
- According to him, there must be a penalty for posting false information on social media
- The minister also criticised activists who oppose the bill seeking to regulate social media
Following controversies that trailed the social media and hate speech bill, Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and productivity, has insisted that there must be penalty for posting false information on social media.
The former activist disclosed this on Monday, December 2, in a series of tweets.
Going further, Keyamo blasted activists who oppose the bill seeking to regulate social media. He called on the activists to stop blocking people who irritate them on the platforms and asked them to apologise to those they have blocked.
“Those so-called overnight Social Media ‘activists’ who oppose the social media bill should first stop blocking those who irritate them with insults, unblock all those they have blocked and apologise to them. You can’t be intolerant and ask others to be. Practice what you preach,” he tweeted.
According to him, the real agitation should be for parliament, in line with S.36(12) of the 1999 Constitution, to clearly define the types of false and insensitive posts that would attract penal consequences, so that government does not abuse it.
Keyamo said no one should be allowed to post false information in the name of free speech.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that using China as a prime example, Nigeria's first lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, called for the regulation of social media.
She said since China with about 1.3 billion people can do so, then there is nothing wrong for Nigeria to adopt such measure.
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