- Senator Ndume has thrown his weight behind the controversial social media bill
- Ndume said he does not agree with those who think the bill is aimed at censoring the media and the rights to free speech
- The bill which was sponsored by Senator Musa has passed the second reading in the Senate, despite agitations by some Nigerians
Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South/APC), the chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, has aired his view on the proposed controversial social media bill.
Channels TV reports that Senator Ndume said he saw nothing wrong with the proposed bill which has passed second reading in the Senate.
The bill is causing an uproar on social media as many believe it is aimed at gagging the press and infringing on the expression rights of individuals.
Senator Ndume, however, disagreed with this view, saying he feels “there is nothing wrong in having social media bill”.
The Borno lawmaker said he is not saying freedom of speech should be muzzled but insisted that people should be held responsible for what they say or do on social media.
He opined that there should be a kind of law that controls or guides the way people express themselves on social media, adding that “anything in this world that has no control can be disastrous”.
The bill, officially known as Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, was proposed by Senator Mohammed Sani Musa.
Senator Musa argued that the aim of the bill is to curb the spread of false news.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, distanced himself from the alleged proposed clampdown on social media through regulation.
He also denied media reports that his colleagues in the southwest voted in favour of the controversial social media regulation bill.
Makinde said the southeast governors only the resolved existing Cybercrime Act (Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention Act, 2015) should be allowed to take its course instead of duplicating an existing law in the name of social media bill.
In another report, popular Nollywood actress Maryam Charles has spoken out in support of the controversial social media bill.
Speaking via her Facebook page, Charles explained that social media has been both a blessing and a curse depending on who you ask.
She particularly decried the impact of fake news on national development and how people often take advantage of the anonymity of social media to bully people, especially celebrities.
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