Law To Regulate Social Media Coming Soon – Senate Committee, Communication Minister

A law to regulate activities on social media is underway, according to the Nigerian Senate and the Minister of Communications and Technology.

 

The National Assembly will make law to regulate Nigerians on social media, the Chairman Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, AbdulFatai Buhari has said.

According to DailyTrust, Senator Buhari, who disclosed this yesterday on the sideline of the 2018 Cyber-security Conference in Abuja, said social media should be regulated because many Nigerians are misusing it.

If left unregulated, he said, the activities on social media were capable of setting the country on fire, especially as the country approaches national election.

He said, “We have got experts to advise us and we have presented a bill to the Senate. The bill has passed the first reading and it has been listed for the second reading.’’

He said a lot of Nigerians made false claims and false accusations on social media to bring down those perceived to be their political enemies.

According to him, youths should use their ICT talent to develop the country’s economy and not use it to attack one another.

The Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu said his ministry would work with Office of National Security Adviser and the National Assembly to reinforce or build international norms to regulate adverse state behavior.

He said:-

“We will continue to partner with NASS and ONSA to impose sanctions on those that undermine our interests and global security on the cyberspace.”

He added: “We will continue to partner with ONSA to build capacity to benefit from the internet, to secure it, and to engage with international rule-making.

“The cyber ecosystem has been weaponised and manipulated to devastating effect to undermine democratic processes, influence voting in elections and whip up tension and divisions between and among societal groups.”

He said the ministry is collaborating with the National Identity Management Commission on the strategic roadmap for ID ecosystem for Nigeria: handling the entire cybersecurity component of the ecosystem and in particular the Personal Identifiable Information.

The ministry, in conjunction, will soon conduct a cybersecurity assessment of the ID ecosystem, he added.

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