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#EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by valentineuwakwe(m): 6:00pm On Oct 27, 2020
The Federal Government has warned that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder if the issue of fake news is not urgently addressed, insisting on the regulation of social media in the country.

The House of Representatives has, however, warned against clamping down on free speech and press freedom.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values were sharply divided on the matter on Tuesday.

Mohammed had appeared before the committee to defend the 2021 budget proposed by his ministry.

The minister, while responding to questions from members of the committee, noted that the next war to be fought in the country and across the world might be fought the social media, making reference to the ongoing #EndSARS protests.

Mohammed stated that the government was not seeking to shut down social media space in the country because “the social media has come to stay.”

He, however, stressed the need to have a policy that regulates social media and check fake news and misinformation.

He said, “The biggest challenge facing Nigeria today is fake news and misinformation. Based on that, we dedicated an entire National Council on Information’s meeting to that issue, after which we launched a national campaign against fake news in July 2018.

“We said, then, that the next war will be fought without a shot being fired, but with the use of fake news. We didn’t stop there. We went on a tour of all media houses to solicit their support in the fight against fake news. We launched the campaign to regulate social media, which was bitterly contested by the stakeholders. We kept saying that if we don’t regulate social media, it will destroy us. Social media and fake news will not destroy Nigeria.

“The recent #EndSARS war was fought on social media. They mobilised using the social media. The war today revolves around two things. Smartphone and data and these young men don’t even watch television or listen to radio or read newspapers. You will be shocked that when you start arguing with your children, they will be quoting the social media. So, we need a social media policy in Nigeria and we need to empower the various agencies and we need technology to be able to regulate the social media.”

Members of the committee, however, cautioned the minister.

A member, Emmanuel Oghene, warned against any attempt to shut down the social media in the country, saying the action will be counter-productive and would make the youths to believe that there is an attempt to truncate democracy in the country.

Oghene stated that it will be wrong to always look at the negative sides of the social media at all times without mentioning the good side.

source: https://punchng.com/endsars-we-must-regulate-social-media-before-it-destroys-us-fg/

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by IsBubuAlive: 6:03pm On Oct 27, 2020
Mumu

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Xzellentgraphic: 6:04pm On Oct 27, 2020
Useless man go and regulate it

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by HandmadeD: 6:05pm On Oct 27, 2020
He'll no sir, I think we first of all need to Regulate corrupt politicians before the Social Media.

Because they're Nigeria's real challenge not Social Media

Abeg joo I will Design a Professional Logo or Letterhead for your Product or Company For 2k only

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by cktheluckyman: 6:06pm On Oct 27, 2020
You people are joking!! Because DJ Switch exposed your atrocities on social media you are looking for means to scuttle it

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by TossTos: 6:06pm On Oct 27, 2020
Make them go on nah

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Baawaa(m): 6:07pm On Oct 27, 2020
Anything from the mouth of uncle Lai is Lie

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Dbboy(m): 6:07pm On Oct 27, 2020
Never, we prefer our freedom.

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Dominion202: 6:09pm On Oct 27, 2020
I hate Lie Mohammed than Buhari
Dis are the people that sold Buhari for us
They make us loss Jonathan
And gave us lifeless president.



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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Fahdiga(m): 6:10pm On Oct 27, 2020
The devil is a Lai. A man that have never said a single truth since his existence. first regulate your lies before regulating social media

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by inforesource: 6:10pm On Oct 27, 2020
First regulate your brain. Instead of them to govern well and make life beautiful for the citizenry, they are there busy with what is not important.

What government should regulate first:

Corrupt leaders
Embezzlement of Public funds
Restructuring

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by densiks: 6:12pm On Oct 27, 2020
There are clear and existential threats to public peace and order by the monster of fake news but there’s also the competing and prevailing force of authentic news if certain measures are taken by social media users.

The information regulatory bodies should concern themselves with advocacy for verifying information before it is circulated.

As far as I’m concerned government over time has proven to be the highest purveyors of fake news as they continuously engage in peddling half truths and outright lies to advance their narrative of looting and injustice against the interests of the masses.

In saner climes Lai Mohammed should have been removed from such a sensitive office due to his track record of spreading falsehood and hallucination inspired comments.

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by tobito33: 6:12pm On Oct 27, 2020
Its impossible joo

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by privaldo: 6:14pm On Oct 27, 2020
cheesy
Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Rugaria: 6:16pm On Oct 27, 2020
Regulate stupidity and lootocracy in governance first....

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Nobody: 6:16pm On Oct 27, 2020
That's the way to go... It's now or never

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Throwback: 6:18pm On Oct 27, 2020
All those who have a working brain know so.

Or was it not social media that informed us that Eniola Badmus was killed at the Lekki protest?

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Racoon(m): 6:27pm On Oct 27, 2020
FG is mad with its analogue mindset.This is not 1983-85 era of the wicked decree 2 and 4.There are more ways of getting information in this generation.So instead of gagging the social media, the government should regulate BH terrorists, Bandits, Chronic debt pillage, wastage in governance,

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Akinsete19(m): 6:31pm On Oct 27, 2020
These people are fully illiterate that doesn't understand how the 21st century work. If the Almighty America couldn't regulate their social media, is it Lai Mohammed that his phone is operated by a youth that will regulate it.

if you off Nigeria IP, we will use VPN.

This is 21st century where technology has gone far.

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Incognito403: 6:31pm On Oct 27, 2020
Very true.

In a sane state, that DJ socket should be behind bars by now.

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by dingbang(m): 6:32pm On Oct 27, 2020
Cmon will you keep quiet.

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by ivolt: 6:32pm On Oct 27, 2020
I support this because we are in a dangerous time. A simple fake news on WhatsApp can set a state on fire or cause inter-ethnic strife in a country filled with semi-literates such as Nigeria. However, any regulation must be apolitical and require proper legal process.

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Nobody: 6:32pm On Oct 27, 2020
grin

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by boman2014: 6:32pm On Oct 27, 2020
nonsense

na only media be your problem.

why can't you face other things. You are not only the minister of communication but also CULTURE!!!!

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Nobody: 6:32pm On Oct 27, 2020
May God in his infinite Mercy strike all of you.

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by slawormiir: 6:32pm On Oct 27, 2020
damnnn niggarrrr
He pain lai Muhammad

This endsars protest really work well because of social media

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Nobody: 6:32pm On Oct 27, 2020
cool.... This wan na POWER of social media Destruction grin grin grin

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by emmabest2000(m): 6:32pm On Oct 27, 2020
This man is really mad grin

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Re: #EndSARS: We Must Regulate Social Media Before It Destroys Us – Lai Mohammed by Afrocrafters: 6:32pm On Oct 27, 2020
lipsrsealed

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