Social Media Bill Will Help In Curbing False News – Lawmaker

Social Media Bill Will Help In Curbing False News – Lawmaker

Sen. Mohammed Musa (APC- Niger), has asked Nigerians to support the social media bill before the National Assembly because it was aimed at protecting human dignity. Musa said in a statement on Monday in Abuja, that when implemented it  would protect human dignity among many other inherent gain. The Senate had on Nov 5, re-introduced

Sen. Mohammed Musa (APC- Niger), has asked Nigerians to support the social media bill before the National Assembly because it was aimed at protecting human dignity.

Musa said in a statement on Monday in Abuja, that when implemented it  would protect human dignity among many other inherent gain.

The Senate had on Nov 5, re-introduced the ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019’, to regulate the use of social media in the country.

The bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Musa, was aimed at curbing fake news on the internet and to guide social media users.

“The social media bill comes with enormous gains such as a free internet that guarantees national security; protects minors from abusive forms of marketing, violence, and pornography.

“The bill, when assented to, will protect human dignity from incitement to racial hatred or racial discrimination.

”It will provide economic security and curb fraud, as well as provide instructions on pirating credit cards.

“It will also provide security, protect privacy from unauthorised communication of personal data, electronic harassment; protection of reputation and intellectual property as propounded by the European Union Paper on illegal and harmful content on the internet,’’ he said.

The lawmaker said that although, Nigerians might be afraid that the law could be manipulated by politicians and government officials, it was not enough to negate the overall gains of the regulation.

He asked  Nigerians to support the voyage, reiterating that it would guarantee sanity, protect rights and sensitivities on the internet.

He however urged the general public not to heed to the immature attempt by uninformed mischief makers who were trying to distort the progress of the bill.

Musa said the law when implemented, would become a universal template that could be adopted and domesticated to fit peculiarities.

“Beyond the public speaking, the internet space in Nigeria has become corrosive. Information whether true or false spreads like wildfire.

“We may have the capacity to regulate the internet space but it is extremely difficult to regulate the effect of hate speech distributed through online platforms.

“We need a more standardised approach and this is the crux of the move to sanitise the corrosive internet space in Nigeria,” he said

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