Nigeria: Regime demands “registration” by social media

Source: The Guardian [Nigeria]

“As part of its new move to regulate social media, the Federal Government has said Twitter, Facebook and other social media giants doing business in Nigeria must register in the country before being allowed to operate unhindered. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, yesterday also disclosed that Twitter, which was last week suspended, has called for a ‘high-level’ discussion. … [he] repeated government’s stance that Twitter was suspended because it provided an avenue for people threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria. … The minister said he has already directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in the country. The NBC as part of implementing the directive has also asked [sic] all broadcast stations to suspend usage of their Twitter accounts with immediate effect.” (06/10/21)