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Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by ExAngel007(f): 4:38pm On Nov 19
Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says the federal government has no plan to shut down social media in the country.

Mohammed said this on Thursday during a press conference on the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests.

The minister said the spread of fake news through social media catalysed the outbreak of violence across the country.

He said despite the negative effect social media had on the outcome of the protests, the government nursed no plan to shut it down.

Sunday Dare, minister of youth, had said the government had the option of shutting down social media during the #EndSARS protests but chose not to do so because it is “committed to the rights of every citizen”.

Mohammed earlier warned that if left unregulated, social media would destroy the country.

Many Nigerians have kicked against the planned regulation of social media.

A bill to effect the regulation has already scaled second reading at the senate.

But Mohammed said the government will go ahead to regulate social media.

“Keen watchers of the developments cannot fail to notice the role played by the social media in the EndSARS protest. As a veritable tool for mass mobilization, the organizers of the protest of course leveraged heavily on social media for that purpose. But on the other hand, the same social media was used to spread fake news and disinformation that catalyzed the violence that was witnessed across the country,” he said.

“This development has reinforced the campaign against fake news and disinformation, which we launched in 2018. As a matter of fact, as far back as 2017, when we dedicated that year’s National Council on Information to the issue of fake news and disinformation, we had been expressing concerns on the dangers posed by irresponsible use of the new media platform. The concerns culminated in the launch of the national campaign which I referred to earlier.

“The social media was used to guide arsonists and looters to certain properties, both public and private.

“As we have said many times, no responsible government will stand by and allow such abuse of social media to continue. The fake news/disinformation purveyors have latched on to our concerns to allege that the Federal Government is planning to shut down social media. No, we have no plans to shut down the social media. What we have always advocated, and what we will do, is to regulate the social media. Nigeria is not alone in this regard. The issue of social media regulation is an ongoing debate not just in Nigeria but around the world, including in the United States, which is the flag flyer of constitutional democracy. Even the owners of the various social media platforms, including Facebook, are increasingly joining the call for content regulation.”

Mohammed further faulted those he accused of “playing to the gallery” regarding the issue of social media regulation.

He argued that if social media is left uncensored, there may not be a country left to defend.

“What they have failed to understand is that the only reason we are even able to have this debate is because we have a country. If we allow the abuse of social media to precipitate uncontrolled internecine violence, the kind of which was narrowly averted during the EndSARS crisis, no one will remember or be able to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, for whatever purpose,” he said.

“It is incumbent upon us all, therefore, to strike a balance between free speech – which this Administration is committed to upholding – and fake news/disinformation, which it is determined to fight.”
https://thecable.ng/lai-well-regulate-not-shut-down-social-media

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by Pepsi4me(f): 4:41pm On Nov 19
Mr. Regulator, you won't go and regulate boko haram and banditry ravaging the north

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by GeneralStan(m): 4:44pm On Nov 19
Don't even inspect it...
At least until you fish out the Intel link of the BH boys and their counterparts

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by Racoon(m): 4:48pm On Nov 19
My friend leave the social media alone.Go regulate/ exterminate BH, bandits, brutality by security agencies, chronic debt pillage, your intractable lying syndrome.

Initate blueprints that will better the economy, revive security, provide employment, up power supply & see if the social appeal of the govt will not soar.

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by amakadlite(f): 5:05pm On Nov 19
you are very correct.once the social media is regulated, the missing 38 trillion dollar debt will be found or councelled.

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by IJOBA2: 5:09pm On Nov 19
HE WILL REGULATE HIS WRINKLED PRICK angry

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by Esseite: 5:10pm On Nov 19
While same social media made Canada the next best destination.. social media is not the problem, your incompetense is..

Social media only amplifies what you feed it, you are only complaining because you have no good remarks to feed it, and it does not react well to lies.

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by bishop4life(m): 5:31pm On Nov 19
Let's pray this government lives to achieve this dream.

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by LikeAking: 5:37pm On Nov 19
How will they regulate it?

This man na chief of illiterates.

Which country has ever done that?

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by November1857(m): 5:41pm On Nov 19
Cause social media is exposing your evil deeds in the dark .

Lekki shooting were carryout in the dark, but social media brought it to light..

That's why lie mahammad is in severe pain !

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by ProT: 6:12pm On Nov 19
A government that boldly calls glaring truth, "fake news";
A government that thinks "Instagram live" can be photoshopped, because the video is contrary to the narrative they want to push!

This same government wants to rEgUlAtE social media!
If they succeed, social media would be as useless as NTA!

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by Jostoman: 6:20pm On Nov 19
This man go enter one chance one day if he doesn't caution himself.

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by Wolgrace(m): 6:54pm On Nov 19
What do you expect?? They benefited from the same thing they want to forcefully regulate. What type of brutal force is this?

-A religious undertone, I perceive..

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by Morningstarrr: 7:00pm On Nov 19
Lie Mohammed should first regulate the rate at which he tell lies

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by OfoIgbo: 7:35pm On Nov 19
The same way he is regulating the Nigerian media by shutting them down

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by Sibrah: 7:42pm On Nov 19
We are truly under dictatorship. So they cannot regulate police excesses but want to regulate social media.

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by GeeOh(f): 8:12pm On Nov 19
Nigerian govt is always scared of the truth

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by chucs: 8:17pm On Nov 19
Can the stupid old mo.ron look himself up in the mirror?

Lots of things needs to be regulated in his face, chief of it would be his big twisted mouth with which he uses to dish out lies.

Old fool!

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by Shortyy(f): 8:18pm On Nov 19
Social media is not Nigerian's utmost problem. Let's fix Nigeria first. It's leaking

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by DarkJeddi(m): 4:56am On Nov 20
Liar Mohammed is back..
APC's lying machine has finally rebooted.. undecided

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by ClearFlair: 4:56am On Nov 20
Nonsense.

All the paid agents are asleep. They will not collect their 20k this month. grin

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by ursullalinda(f): 4:57am On Nov 20
Regulator!.......same social media that brought you people to power.......dundies @ the helm of affairs......don't face the pressing issues in Nigeria.......face social media that is exposing your evil.....smh.

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by Drabeey(m): 4:57am On Nov 20
won o ti biyin da debe angry

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by DesChyko(m): 4:57am On Nov 20
What is wrong with these people?

The world knows Nigerian leaders have been corrupt long before the advent of social media.

The North hasn't known peace for ages now. What role does social media play in that?

The next generation have such a bleak future. I wonder how social media caused this.

A country of our status and experience are still having third world problems and all I hear from these unrefined humans is cracking down on social media.

What the actual f*ck? All these list of important problems that threatens our daily existence but what they are in a hurry to regulate is social media whom most hardworking Nigerians actually struggle to make time for? Such shithousery.

Come 2023 we need to find out once and for all if this is an old men problem or if it's a Nigerian problem.
Please, let's take a completely different direction.
We hope to survive until then. lipsrsealed

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by TriCee: 4:58am On Nov 20
Oga we don't want any...

The videos from Lekki incident really took them by surprise. All their evil plans burst, hehehe grin

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by jimmyolasun: 4:58am On Nov 20
they can shut down the whole internet asides my Darling pornhub..

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by b0rn2fuck(m): 4:59am On Nov 20
I take this man has comedian in government.

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by broadman20: 4:59am On Nov 20
Regulate your mouth first.

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by umarud: 5:00am On Nov 20
grin
Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by illiteratepmb: 5:00am On Nov 20
Silly old fool

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by Officialhorlah(m): 5:01am On Nov 20
Kuku shut it down mumugrin

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Re: Lai Mohammed: We Will Regulate, Not Shut Down Social Media by wman(m): 5:01am On Nov 20
We say no to that

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