3 Month Imprisonment For Social Media Offender – Senate

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The Senate  has introduced a bill to regulate the use of social media in  the country.

According to the proposed bill, offenders risk at least three months jail term, while firms found as purveyors of such offences stand the risk of paying a fine of N10 million.

Shedding more light on the bill after plenary wednesday, Musa said if the bill is passed, it would curb the spread of fake news on the internet.

Musa,  who represents  Niger East in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, told reporters  on Wednesday that  the move  was aimed at guiding social media  users and not designed to gag the media.

He said,  “Nigeria is not only for the  government but for every Nigerian and we must all work towards moving this country to where it needs to be.

“You can see America and other advanced countries today; they have been  together for over hundreds of years.

“They had their period of turmoil and challenges like ours,  but they have been able to pass through.

“How did they do it? There is rule of law because  people are obeying to  the laws.

“For a country like Nigeria today and with the advent of social media, there is every reason for a country to as much as possible focus its attention on how this new media is tolerated.”

He added that it was possible for  an individual to stay in a room and post  false information just to hit at someone.

“I have a passion for IT and I know what it takes to disseminate your information, it is like the speed of light.

“Some journalists will look at this legislation  as if we are trying bring a law that will gag  social media or the right to free press.

“It is  legislation that will guide how we can tolerate our activities on social media.

“False information has been disseminated so many time and it has caused  chaos in different parts of the world.

“If countries like the Philippines, Singapore, Italy, Malaysia, Australia, France, Indonesia, Egypt are putting control (measures in place)  to prevent the spread of false information, what stops us from doing it?”

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