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FG TO IMPOSE STRICTER CONDITIONS ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND WHATTSAPP
After Twitter, FG set to impose stricter conditions on Facebook, others
"Whatever applies to Twitter will apply to all other social media platforms, be it WhatsApp, Facebook or any other."
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed
The Federal Government said it is set to amend its relevant statutes and code to enforce the operational conditions of Twitter in Nigeria on other social media platforms.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this in Cairo at a meeting with his counterpart, Egypt Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Dr Amir Talaat.
The meeting was on the sidelines of a bilateral discussion with Africa Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) on how Nigeria can access funding to support its growing creative industry.
Mohammed had led some private sector stakeholders involved in Digital Switch Over (DSO), to Afreximbank to assist them on how they can source funds to complete the wholly private sector financially driven project.
In his interaction with Talaat, the minister disclosed that Nigeria was amending its National Broadcasting Act and Broadcasting Code to ensure that all online platforms operating in the country must comply with stipulated conditions.
Mohammed said the decision was borne out of the recent development on suspension of Twitter operations in the country and the agreement reached before the suspension was lifted.
“The beauty of the engagement with Twitter is immense.
“Whatever applies to Twitter will apply to all other social media platforms, be it WhatsApp, Facebook or any other.
“That is why we will be having a retreat to amend the NBC Act and the NBC Code to incorporate these new gains we made with the engagement with Twitter,’’ he said.
On the agreement reached with twitter which the minister said would be applicable to other online platforms, he said the microblogging site had agreed to open the Nigerian office within the first quarter of 2022.
He said Twitter agreed to appoint a designated country representative within one month of lifting its suspension while its global policy team would also be available to engage directly with the government.
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