We won’t stop until social media is regulated
The federal government has stated that it will not rest until social media is regulated, claiming that no one will be able to survive without it.
In an interview with journalists in Washington, United States of America, USA, on Wednesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, issued a warning.
He also denied reports that he “sneaked out of Nigeria to meet with Twitter executives” in the US during the interview, calling them “fake news.”
Recall that Twitter, a microblogging and social networking platform, was suspended by the federal government.
Lai Mohammed denied reports that he had a secret meeting with Twitter executives on Wednesday, saying his official trip to the United States had nothing to do with the microblogging and social networking platform.
Mohammed said he was in the United States to meet with international media organisations and think tanks about President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s accomplishments and efforts to date in combating insurgency, banditry, and all forms of criminality.
“When it comes to fake news and its danger, we must take it seriously, and I am pleased that the entire world is now seeing what we saw more than two years ago,” he said.
“I can assure you that we will not rest until social media is regulated; otherwise, no one will survive,” he said.
The minister reiterated that the Federal Government shut down Twitter in the country not because the President’s tweet was deleted, but because it was widely circulated in the media.
He claimed that the microblogging platform’s operation had been halted due to its continued use of its platform for activities that threatened Nigeria’s corporate existence.
He also stressed the importance of the organisation registering as a business entity and obtaining a licence from the National Broadcasting Commission, or NBC, to conduct its operations.
The conversation between Twitter and the Federal Government on how to resolve the ban issue had progressed, according to Mohammed.