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FG To Apply Twitter Operational Conditions To Other Social Media Platforms

FG To Apply Twitter Operational Conditions To Other Social Media Platforms

The Federal Government of Nigeria says it is set to enforce Twitter operational conditions on Facebook, Whatsapp, and other social media platforms.Information Guide Nigeria

According to PUNCH, this was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed at a meeting with his counterpart, Egypt Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Dr Amir Talaat in Cairo.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed that Nigeria was amending its National Broadcasting Act and Broadcasting Code to ensure that all online platforms operating in the country must comply with stipulated conditions.

“The beauty of the engagement with Twitter is immense.

“Whatever applies to Twitter will apply to all other social media platforms, be it WhatsApp, Facebook, or any other.

“That is why we will be having a retreat to amend the NBC Act and the NBC Code to incorporate these new gains we made with the engagement with Twitter’’.

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PUNCH reports that the Minister said that Twitter agreed to appoint a country’s representative within one month of lifting its suspension while its global policy team would also be available to engage directly with the government.

“Twitter has agreed to comply to all payable taxes as they are operating under the Nigerian laws and this they agreed to do within one week of restoring their operations.

“Twitter agreed to immediately work with the Federal Government in the area of code of conduct which is in line with global best practices

“Twitter agreed to immediately enroll Nigerians in its Law Enforcement portals and Partners Support Portal.

“The law enforcement portal will provide dedicated channels for the Nigerian laws enforcement agencies to escalate reports on contents that violate the code of conduct or the national laws.

“Similarly, the partner support portal provides a direct channel for government to engage twitter staff to manage prohibited contents”.Jamb Result

“We met with a barrage of knocks, we were accused of running authoritarian government, trying to infringe on freedom of press, violating the constitution but we were sure in our mind of what we were doing.

“We were glad that after seven months of serious engagement with Twitter, we can say that what we achieved is what the suspension of the operations of Twitter was all about”.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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