FG set to strictly monitor online platforms, amidst Elon Musk takeover
The Federal Government of Muhammadu Buhari has disclose that it time for the administration to pay closer attention developments around microblogg platform, Twitter, following its takeover by a new owner.
This disclosure was made know by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, I’m Thursday, during a news conference in the nation’s Capital, Abuja, the minister noted
that Buhari’s government would not allow any social media platform plunge Nigeria into crisis.
Mohammed stated that the suspension of the platform last year was due to the penchant by some elements to use it to destabilise Nigeria via fake news, disinformation and hate speech
In his words, ”Many have asked for our reaction, following reports that there has been a spike in fake news, disinformation and hate speech since the micro-blogging site changed ownership. Many have even asked us if another ban is in the offing?“”Let me say this: We are closely monitoring the evolving developments at Twitter. It has never been our intention to ban any social media platform or stifle free speech. Not at all.
”What happened in the case of Twitter is well known to all. Twitter became a platform of choice for those who want to destabilize Nigeria, using fake news, disinformation and hate speech. No nation will allow any social media platform to plunge it into anarchy.
”Definitely not Nigeria. But we have continued to engage positively with the different social media platforms, including Facebook, Google (owners of YouTube) and Twitter.
“We have no intention of banning any social media platform again. But we will also not sit by and allow any platform whatsoever to throw our nation into crisis,” the minister said.