FG Set Rules for Facebook, Twitter, Other Online Platforms Operating in Nigeria

FG Set Rules for Facebook, Twitter, Other Online Platforms Operating in Nigeria

  • The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has issued new regulations for Internet platforms available in Nigeria
  • According to the FG, the new code was designed to protect the “fundamental human rights of Nigerians and non-Nigerians living in the country
  • The code requires Internet platforms to “register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) among others

In a surprising move, the Nigerian federal government has issued a code of practice for all online platforms operating in Nigeria.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Monday, June 13, by Hadiza Umar, head of corporate affairs and external relations, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

FG issues guidelines for online platforms
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has issued new regulations for Internet platforms available in Nigeria. Photo: Dr Isa Pantami
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Umar said the code of practice is intended to guide the operations of interactive computer service platforms/internet intermediaries.

Going further, the agency said the code was developed with input received from online platforms including Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Google, among others.

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The development is a fresh move by the federal government to regulate online platforms.

Below is the conditions to operate by the online platforms

As part of the conditions, internet platforms must register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), comply with appropriate taxation policies, and avoid prohibited content.

The regulations also include policies on p*ornography as well as issues around cybercrime.

“Abide by Nigerian laws and not deploy or modify their Platform in any way that will undermine or interfere with the application and/or enforcement of the law,” the document reads.

“Act expeditiously upon receiving a Court order directing a Platform to provide any information under its domain or any assistance to any authorised government agency for the purpose of carrying out an investigation, combating cybercrimes, or prosecuting an offence.

“Act expeditiously upon receiving a notice from a user, or an authorised government agency of the presence of an unlawful content on its Platform. A Platform must acknowledge the receipt of the complaint and take down the content within 24 hours.

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“Act expeditiously to remove, disable, or block access to non-consensual content that exposes a person’s private areas, full or partial nud*ty, sexual act, deepfake, or revenge P*orn, where such content is targeted to harass, disrepute, or intimidate an individual. A Platform must acknowledge the receipt of the complaint and take down the content within 24 hours.”

Online platforms are also expected to “prioritise authentic information in search, feeds, or other distribution channels; trace, expose, penalise, and close accounts and sources that amplify disinformation and misinformation."

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