Nothing Can Cease Social Media Regulation – Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says nothing can stop the Muhammadu Buhari government from regulating social media.
Mohammed made this known on Saturday during the 64th conference of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on the island of Sal in Cape Verde.
According to the minister, social media has become an important tool for spreading fake news and a weapon to attack Buhari and government officials.
The minister announced that social media regulation will curb the spread of fake news and attacks on Nigerian leaders and government officials.
Mohammed stated that the country has moved from ordinary fake news to “deep” fake news, which is now used to discredit some officials and the achievements of the federal government.
He said, “In fact, Nigerians should know that we have moved from ordinary fake news to“ deep ”fake news. The danger of deep fake news is that it is difficult to distinguish fake news from real news.
“That’s because deep fake news providers take a story, be it a video or a photo, and make it look real. They will make videos of what is happening in other countries, cover them and spread freely what is really happening in Nigeria. Ditto photos.
“News reports are even worse because they adorn such fake stories with quotes and videos, and even quote government officials as if they were real.
“The deep fake news was only invented to take the shine away from the government’s success in not only maintaining positive GDP growth, but also exceeding all expectations, which rose from 0.11 percent two quarters ago to a marginal 0.51 percent in last quarter and then climbed to 5.0 percent.
“Of course they don’t wish the government and Nigeria well, but they needed something to dampen government enthusiasm and sadden Nigerians.”