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We Won’t Rest Until Social Media Is Regulated – FG Vows

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal government will not rest until social media platforms are regulated.

The minister said this in an interview with NAN in Washington while reacting to media reports that claimed he sneaked out of Nigeria to the US to meet with Twitter operators to resolve the ban on the micro-blogging site in Nigeria. Lai said fake news such as this reaffirms the need for social media to be regulated.

Speaking during the interview, Mohammed said: “Can a minister sneak out of Nigeria without people knowing? When you say I sneaked out of Nigeria, are you saying I went to board at a terminal where nobody is or I traveled to the Republic of Benin to fly out of the country?”

I was at an international airport, where I presented myself openly and I was checked in at the counter like every other traveler of the airline. I boarded and passed through the checks by the immigration service and customs.

How can you come and say I sneaked out of the country? You and I have been here, have I met with any Twitter official­?

When you talk about fake news and its dangers, we need to take it seriously and I am happy that the entire world is now seeing what we saw more than two years ago. I can assure you that we will not rest until we regulate social media. Otherwise, nobody will survive it.”

On June 4, the federal government announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria.

Although the suspension came hours after a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari was deleted, the federal government said the decision was as a result of “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”

Recently, the federal government said it is in talks with the microblogging platform, adding that the suspension will be lifted soon.

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