"I Am Not Sure", Akpabio Speaks on Social Media Regulation by 10th NASS

"I Am Not Sure", Akpabio Speaks on Social Media Regulation by 10th NASS

  • Senate President Godswill Akpabio has expressed doubt over the possibility of the 10th assembly regulating the social media
  • Akpabio said the social media is just a platform like others used to commit defamation
  • He added that there are many laws in place, some of which already cover social media

FCT, Abuja - Godswill Akpabio, the president of the Senate, has disclosed that the 10th Senate would not be reviewing the existing social media regulation law.

According to TheCable, the Senate president made the comment on Tuesday, September 19, while opening the Parliamentarian symposium at the 12th African Internet Governance Forum (AFIGF2023) in Abuja.

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Akpabio hints on social media regulation Photo Credit: Godswill Akpabio
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Akpabio, who was represented by Shuaib Salisu, the chairman of the Senate committee on ICT, expressed doubt on the 10th assembly regulating the social media as speculated.

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The Senate president said:

"I am not sure that there is going to be a specific bill on social media regulation. However, there are emailing laws in various areas, social media is just one space".

Akpabio played down the rumoured threats posed by the social media. He said the the social media is just like traditional media used to commit defamation.

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Akpabio described the event as a significant one, adding that it marked important moment in ongoing efforts to bridge digital divide in Africa.

He also said the theme of the event reflected the yearning of all Africans for accelerated technological development in the country.

The senate president said the world in now a global village, adding that the significance of digital policy and the internet to Nigeria Africa's development cannot be onveremphasised.

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