A Social Media influencer, Yemi Fasipe and Legal Expert, Tope Gbadebo say the new move by the Federal Government to regulate the social media in Nigeria should not be the government’s priority at this time when various security challenges are ravaging the country.
Both guests made the submission while speaking on the government’s social media regulations which include plans to make a public presentation of a draft code of practice that seeks to regulate social media, on Crest Fm’s programme The Crest Breakfast show.
For Gbadebo, security issues such as insurgent attacks, kidnapping and terrorism amongst others are challenges that deserve swift approach while admitting that the regulation might not be out of place in its entirety.
Fasipe who also called on government at all levels to be more proactive in tackling the Nation’s security challenges head on, however noted with dismay, the manner with which social media is been abused especially in the area of spreading misinformation.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government, through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), had revealed that it developed a draft code of practice that would regulate the practice of interactive computer service operations, which include online activities across all social media platforms with the aim of protecting the fundamental human rights of Nigerians and non-Nigerians living in the country as well as defining guidelines for interacting in the digital ecosystem.
Credit: Crest FM