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Festus Keyamo says Twitter must be regulated in Nigeria

Festus Keyamo says Twitter must be regulated in Nigeria

The government on June 4, 2021 announced the indefinite suspension of the American social networking service, alleging that it was being used for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

The government announced on Tuesday, June 22 that a six-member committee has been set up to dialogue with Twitter to reach a resolution on the dispute.

Keyamo was named as a member of the committee, headed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

Speaking during an interview late on Tuesday, the minister said Twitter must respect Nigeria’s laws and bend to its rules regarding how it can operate in the country.

He accused the social media giant of providing a platform for people to set one region against the other with false stories with the potential to cause deadly conflict.

“Twitter wrote and sought audience with the Federal Government because they’re facing problems all over the world.

“They know that it’s time for them to be regulated,” he said.

The minister also revealed that the committee will have its first preliminary meeting on Wednesday, June 23 to draw up plans for when it meets with Twitter.

The suspension was announced just days after Twitter deleted a tweet from the president’s official account after it was deemed to have violated its rules.

Mohammed has insisted that Twitter must register as a business in Nigeria – one of many conditions to meet before lifting the suspension.

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has also been directed to immediately commence the process of licensing all over-the-top media service and social media operations in the country.

The government’s moves this month have been considered by many as backdoor attempts to finally enforce a social media regulation that Nigerians have been pushing hard against especially under President Buhari.

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