House of Reps tells FG not to shut down social media

House of Reps tells FG not to shut down social media

- Members of the House of Reps have spoken against the shutdown of social media in Nigeria

- The lawmakers said shutting down social media will be counterproductive

- The legislators urged the federal government to explore other means of checking the spread of fake news on social media

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Members of the House of Representatives have told the federal government not to consider shutting down the Nigerian social media space.

Lawmakers serving on the House committee on information, national orientation, ethics and values, made the statement on Tuesday, October 27, The Tribune reported.

House of Reps warns FG not to shut down social media
Members of the House of Reps kick against the stringent regulation of social media. Photo credits: House of Reps
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The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed who appeared before the committee to defend the 2021 budget proposed by his ministry, had argued in favour of stringent regulation of social media.

But members of the committee were opposed to Mohammed’s stance on stringent regulation of social media.

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Odebunmi Olusegun who serves as a member of the committee warned against shutting down the social media space in the country.

He urged the federal government to employ technology that will enable it to work with what currently exists in the social media world.

Another lawmaker, Odebunmi Olusegun said shutting down some social media applications like what occurs in China is counterproductive.

He advocated for relevant laws to be enforced in checking the spread of fake news.

Odebunmi said Nigeria should emulate how other democracies handle the challenges posed by social media.

In another report, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has advised Lagosians to disregard inciting videos on social media meant to create tension and encourage ethnic conflicts in the state.

The Nation reported that the governor said the videos were the tools of anarchists, whose plan is to create hatred and divisiveness for which Lagos is not known.

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Sanwo-Olu said that some people are bent on a mission to destroy the state by pitching people against one another.

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