We’re Expecting Twitter To Open Nigerian Office In Q1 2022- Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has claimed that the microblogging site, Twitter, is expected to open its Nigerian office before the end of March 2022.
The minister said the decision is part of a deal the corporation reached with the Federal Government last year to get the restriction placed on it lifted. He made the announcement on a radio program called Radio Link in Abuja.
He said: “Twitter also agreed to comply with all payable taxes, as they are operating under Nigerian laws and this they agreed to do within one week of restoring their operations.
”Twitter agreed to immediately work with the Federal Government in the area of code of conduct, that was in line with global best practices
“Twitter agreed to immediately enroll Nigerians in its law enforcement portals and Partners Support Portal.
“The law enforcement portal will provide dedicated channels for the Nigerian law enforcement agencies to escalate reports on contents that violate the code of conduct or national laws.
“Similarly, the partner support portal provides a direct channel for government to engage Twitter staff to manage prohibited contents.”
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Mohammed insisted that the government’s aim to regulate social media sprang from a desire to sanitize the medium, not from a goal to crush freedom of speech and expression or strangle the media, as some may imagine.
He said: “We are going to regulate the social media not because we want to stifle the media or we want to violate the right of expression. We want to ensure that only wholesome contents are available on social media.
“Recently, we were all shocked when an 18-year old boy, accused of killing his 21-year old girlfriend for money rituals, confessed that he learnt the diabolical act on social media. The teenager, in collaboration with his friends, cut off the head of the victim and was burning it in a pot when they were apprehended.”
“The government has the responsibility to ensure that social media platforms were responsible and the contents they displayed are not harmful to young people, as well as the unity of the country,”
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