Spread of Fake News Raises Censorship Fears in Nigeria

The Nigerian government has made regulating social media its priority, blaming it for the spread of 'fake news' which it says, can destroy the country if left unchecked. This has led to Nigerians taking to social media, to reiterate their opposition to the Social Media Bill, using #SayNoToSocialMediaBill. The bill, proposed by a lawmaker of the ruling All Progressives Congress, was rejected over a year ago by parliament. The government is however insisting that it has no intention of shutting down social media, but that it will regulate the platforms.

 

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