Social media regulation finest for Nigeria, Sen Musa maintains
From Sola Ojo, Kaduna
Sen Mohammed Sani Musa (Niger East) has maintained the need for social media regulation due to recent events in the country.
For him, some of the events confirmed his position that social media in Nigeria must be regulated to prevent the country from collapsing under the force of fake news, hate speech and toxic divisive massages.
The Senator had proposed a bill in 2019 to review the excesses of social media posts so that Nigerian youths won’t set the country on fire based on what they read and write on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and other online platforms .
The Senator said this in a lavish ceremony in Abuja on Thursday evening, where he was named “Senator of the Year” by the online newspaper Politics Today.
“I dedicate the award to my constituency. They discovered me and sent me here. If it weren’t for them, I won’t be here doing my best and adding my quota on legislation to good governance and the betterment of our beloved nation, ”said Sen Musa.
“In his speech, the editor mentioned integrity as one of the reasons I am honored today. I appreciate the fact that some people are sincerely watching us and taking note of our efforts and the patriotism and sound principles that guide our activities in the Senate. This is because money cannot confer integrity. It is my words and deeds that earned me this award, and I am grateful.
“The grim nature of our politics has caused people to lose their trust. But I am not losing confidence that I am at the right place and that our country is in safe hands under this government.
“Our country has everything it needs to be much bigger. We have the resources, the people, and the mind. We in government are doing our best. But our best sometimes doesn’t seem enough. But we will do it.
“That is a shared responsibility. We need the press to get better, to make the country bigger. The press cannot hold us solely responsible for what is happening now because they are the 4th estate of the empire. When we proposed regulating social media, the mainstream media did not support us. But from the events of #EndSARS to the ongoing crises across the country, aren’t we justified?
“I still stand on my social media regulation law as best for Nigeria right now when we need to manage our unity in diversity and live in peace with one another.
“If we continue to leave social media to work without control or regulation, the country could go up in flames.
“Take a look at the #EndSARS. Social media platforms have been used to mobilize people to join the destruction.
“I spend all of my time on social media knowing what’s going on, some of which are positive. But the negative things can set the country on fire if we don’t regulate it.
“As in Dubai and other organized corporations, we can regulate social media so that if you post bad, false, toxic or unhealthy content, you either receive a warning to remove it, or you are forced to remove it.” or it is removed by a regulatory authority.
“The rejected bill on social media regulation is now not being practiced with the solid approval that the federal government received after the Twitter ban?
“Twitter will now have an office here, pay taxes and submit to the great norm here. This is the beginning of the social media regulation that we have proposed. We’re getting there gradually, ”he said.
The editor, Nasir Dambatta, had previously stated that the legislature, in addition to his integrity and liveliness as a grassroots politician, had contributed 26 bills to the Red Chamber, the highest among the top 10 legislators in the 9th Senate, the award of “Senator of the Year” him.
On November 5, 2019, Sen Musa had reintroduced the “Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019”, also known as the Social Media Regulation Act.
According to the proposed bill, individuals who post false information on the Internet will be subject to the “Penalty for defaulting persons up to N300,000 for individuals and up to N10 million for companies and imprisonment of up to three years or both.”
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