Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, on Tuesday said that the Federal Government would begin the sanitisation of social media.
According to the minister, the fake news, hate speech and other harmful activities on social media is alarming and the government would not allow them go unchecked.
“Since we launched our reform of the broadcast industry, many Nigerians have reached out to us, demanding that we also look into how to sanitise the social media space.
“I can assure you that we are also working on how to inject sanity into the social media space which, today, is totally out of control.
“No responsible government will sit by and allow fake news and hate speech to dominate its media space, because of the capacity of this menace to exploit our national fault lines to set us against one another and trigger a national conflagration.
“That is why we will continue to evolve ways to tackle fake news and hate speech until we banish both.”
Mr. Mohammed noted that the intention of the FG was to restore sanity to the nation’s online space and not to deny anyone of the freedom of expression.
“Since I launched the committee on the implementation of the approved measures, there have been reactions. Many have hailed our efforts at seeking to bring sanity to the airwave, while some have attacked us and accused us of trying to stifle press freedom or gag journalists,” he said.
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.