Facebook, Other Platforms Asked to Curtail Online Hate Speech by Nigerian Government

Nigeria is monitoring Meta Platforms Facebook and different platforms to guarantee they adjust to calls for to curtail hate speech on their websites, because it steps up its marketing campaign for accountable use of social media, Information Minister Lai Mohammed stated on Tuesday.

Mohammed’s feedback got here after assembly with Facebook’s workforce in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. He stated Facebook had carried out nothing to curtail the actions of separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on their platform regardless of a number of complaints.

Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB’s chief, is standing trial on prices that embody terrorism and broadcasting falsehoods. A choose will resolve on Wednesday on whether or not Kanu must be granted bail.

Mohammed stated the separatist group has been categorized as a terrorist organisation and that “Facebook has no justification for yielding its platform to the organisation to additional its marketing campaign of hate and destabilisation of the nation”.

Nigeria is dealing with secessionist agitation which has given rise to regional requires power-sharing between southern and northern Nigeria.

The nation can be coping with insecurity, banditry, kidnapping, a weak forex amid double-digit inflation and sluggish development.

Mohammed stated the Facebook assembly was referred to as to talk about the growing use of the social media platform by separatists primarily based exterior Nigeria to instigate violence and ethnic hatred within the nation in English and native language.

He stated the federal government has no intention of stopping Nigerians from utilizing social media however is advocating accountable use.

Nigeria lifted a six-months ban on Twitter in January after the social media firm eliminated a put up from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists. Telecoms corporations subsequently blocked entry to customers in Nigeria.

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