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Nigeria govt to sanitise social media, fight against fake news

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Nigeria’s minister of information, Lai Mohammed

Nigeria Federal Government is set to sanitise the social media space to curtail fake news and hate speech.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed at a press conference in Abuja.

According to Mohammed, the Federal government will implement reforms in the broadcast industry and sanction any defaulting broadcast media.

He added that the regulation will be in line with global best practices as obtainable in the United Kingdom, Singapore, and other countries.

Mohammed said no responsible government would sit back and allow activities such as fake news and hate speech, which is capable of setting the country on fire, to continue unchecked.

“No responsible government will sit by and allow fake news and hate speech to dominate its media space, because of the capacity of this menace to exploit our national fault lines to set us against each other and trigger a national conflagration.

“That is why we will continue to evolve ways to tackle fake news and hate speech until we banish both,” he said.

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