Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Culture at the Annual Roundtable on Cultural Orientation (ARTCO) in Owerri, Imo state, said he is fully in support of the Buhari’s led administration plans to regulate the Social Media.
Mohammed also said that the federal government’s move to regulate the social media was not designed to hamper freedom of expression.
Lai Mohammed said, the plan is to prevent the abuse of social media and its negative consequences that the government was regulating the platform.
Through the Social Media platforms, he said, different phenomena such as hate speech, fake news among other social vices occurs regularly on the social media and these can harm the nation’s security, national unity and our overall national interest.
Also on his part, Senator Rochas Okorocha, who is the Senate committee Chairman on Culture and Tourism, represented by his legislative assistant, Hon. Ikenna Emeh, also backed the call for the regulation of the social media.
Okorocha, however, warned that the regulation must be approached with caution so as not to be counter-productive.
He also advise the Federal Government to differentiate between fight against hate speech and social media regulation.