FG Sets To Regulate Social Media with ‘Code Of Practice’

The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed its plan to use Code of Practice to regulate social media contents.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami disclosed this when a delegation of video-focused social networking service, TikTok, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on March 18, 2022.

The Minister who was represented by the Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa, said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari would check the excesses of social platforms.

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Kashifu explained that the purpose of regulating the social media was to ensure transparency in governance as well as to clamp down on fake news promoters.

Kashifu Inuwa who alleged that most of the people in Nigeria used TikTok to promote ritual killings and domestic violence, added that the country shall take a giant stride to check the contents people published on social media.

Hear him: “In Nigeria, people are using TikTok for so many things; some use it to promote rituals and domestic violence while others use it for hate speech.

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“So, we cannot continue to have people put out random contents without appropriate checks/verifications.

“There is a need for you to be more transparent on what you do with the data, experience you take and your algorithm design; because most algorithms are designed to promote hate speech

“We are working on drafting ‘Code of Practice’, which we are going to share with you soon; get your feedback and see how we can make it better.”

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