Nigerian government insists on regulation of social media

CRIME Education Human Rights INTERVIEW NATIONAL SECURITY
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The Federal Government yesterday insisted on regulating the social media in the country, vowing not to be intimidated by critics to jettison the plan.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed who briefed State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, said: “I assure you that no matter the level of attacks, whether sponsored or otherwise, the government holds a duty to Nigerians not to allow hate speech and fake news to divide the country.”

Mohammed, who noted that the spread of fake news and hate speech had the capacity to divide the country, said: “Clearly, regulating the social media is the only way out. We cannot allow our media environment to be overtaken by fake news and hate speech, especially on the social media.”

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