Lai Mohammed, minister of data and tradition, has mentioned the federal authorities’s worry of social media abuse by Nigerians has turn into a actuality.
Talking at a gathering with editors of newspapers on Friday in Lagos, Mohammed, who lamented the affect of pretend information throughout the Finish SARS protests, mentioned the federal government won’t permit “reckless use” of social media to trigger disaster once more within the nation.
He additionally mentioned the federal government is in search of methods to make sure accountable use of social media however reiterated there have been no makes an attempt to ban its use.
“Our fears concerning the abuse of social media, and particularly the hazards of pretend information and disinformation, have come to go.
“Through the Finish SARS protest social media was used for mobilisation, and it was additionally used to information arsonists and looters to properties, each private and non-private, which have been focused for assault.
“Additionally, celebrities who have been listed as killed at Lekki rapidly got here out to debunk the report of their deaths.
“There have been at all times faux footage of people that have been allegedly killed on the toll gate however fortuitously discerning Nigerians uncovered the truth that these have been footage of some non-Nigerians.
“Nonetheless, this unlucky growth has strengthened our resolve to work with stakeholders to cease the abuse of social media. This has once more stirred up the talk on the necessity to regulate social media content material.
“We’ll by no means sit down and permit a reckless use of social media to irritate our fault traces and throw the nation into chaos. However we need to guarantee the general public that we are going to neither shut down the web nor stifle press freedom or free speech, as some have insinuated.