Lai Mohammed – FG Will Not Rest Until Social Media Is Regulated

Lai Mohammed – FG Will Not Rest Until Social Media Is Regulated

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal Government will not rest until social media is regulated.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Washington on Wednesday, the minister said his official visit to the U.S. has nothing to do with the microblogging and social networking platform, as speculated by certain reports.

He noted that he was in the U.S. to meet with international media organizations and think tanks on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and efforts made so far in tackling insurgency, banditry, and all forms of criminality.

The minister reiterated the position that the Federal Government suspended Twitter operations in the country not because it deleted the tweet by the President as being propagated in some section of the media.

He said the operation of the microblogging medium was suspended because of its persistent use of its platform for activities that were capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

He also underscored the need for the organization to register as a business entity and obtain license from the National Broadcasting Commission to carry out its activities.

The minister noted that the engagement between Twitter and the Federal Government on how to resolve the issue of the ban had reached an advanced stage.

He added that the end for the amicable settlement of the ban was in sight.

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