Social Media Bill
Social media regulation not a remedy for fake news
The Nigerian Government's insistent to rein in the danger of fake news is back at the front burner of national debate in Africa's most populous nation with social media blamed for the rise in misinformation during the #EndSARS protests against police brutality. The #EndSARS campaign, which resurfaced on Twitter in October, eventually ended on the…
Nigerians tackle north’s position on #EndSARS, social media bill
Criticisms and rejection have greeted the resolution taken on Monday by northern leaders regarding Social Media Bill and EndSARS protests across the country.
Watch: Desmond Elliot Says Social Media Has Its Good And Negative Impacts
Nollywood actor turned politician Desmond Elliot was recently in the news after a Twitter influencer Dr Olufunmilayo reported that the lawmaker was pushing a bill against the use of social media. Elliot in his reaction denied the accusations saying it is false and that no House of Assembly can developed such a bill. Sharing a…
Protesters march on National Assembly, demand withdrawal of social media, hate speech bill
Early on Wednesday morning in Abuja, hundreds of protesters marched on the National Assembly to demand the withdrawal of social media and hate speech bills. Although security men barred the protesters from entering the premises of the National Assembly, they took over the main entrance of the complex. The main entrance to the national assembly…
Banky W, MI, Others Kick Against Social Media Bill
A number of Nigerian celebrities including M.I, Banky W, Kate Henshaw, Beverly Osu, among others have all joined their voices with Socio-Economic Rights, Accountability Project (SERAP), and others to strongly condemn the social media bill describing it as draconian and deliberate attempt to stifle citizen’s freedom of expression. A panel of known celebrities including Dotun,…
Pastor Tunde Bakare criticises social media bill
A Lagos pastor and ally of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has said the government should look for ways to incentivise the "proper usage" of social media instead of seeking to limit freedom of expression. A proposed bill officially named the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019 would allow Nigeria's government, if signed into…
2019 in retrospect: Landmarks that shaped outgoing year
Like the past years, 2019 is a mixed bag. It was no doubt a big election year that came with some uncertainties regarding the future of some politicians, a carry-over from last year.
"Human Rights Is Nothing To Celebrate In Nigeria" - Banky W
Respected Nigerian musician cum politician in an Instagram post on his page today has called on Nigerians to take action on the issues bedevilling the country. The EME boss who cited issues like gender inequality, gender-based violence, human rights abuse, social media bill among others urged Nigerians to ensure that they do something in their…
The social media bill: When ignorance breeds fear
In a paper I delivered last week, I created levels of differentiation between Democracy and Dictatorship, especially dictatorships of the military variant as we have had in Nigeria.
Social Media Bill unnecessary duplication of law, senator tells NASS
The Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Sen. Nicholas Tofowomo, has said that the “Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, 2019” was an unnecessary duplication of laws for Nigerians.
Nigerians React To the Social Media Bill
Earlier today, the hashtag trending on twitter was #saynotosocialmediabill#. The bill, ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, 2019’ was introduced on Tuesday, November 5 and according to the sponsor of the legislation, it will curb fake news on the internet. However, Nigerians are not ready to have this bill and there have been different…