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The Federal government of Nigeria said all social media platforms would be licensed by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

To this effect, the Commission has been directed to commence the process of licensing immediately.

The NBC in law is the regulatory organ of all radio and television stations in Nigeria.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed in a statement through his Special Assistant on Media, Segun Adeyemi made this known on Friday in Abuja.

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The statement also contained in it, the immediate ban of Twitter operations in Nigeria.

Social media platforms used by Nigerians include Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Youtube, Messenger, etc.

The statement titled, ‘FG Suspends Twitter’s Operations in Nigeria’, read, “The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.

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“The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

“The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.”

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The Buhari regime has in recent time sought stiffer penalties for persons who “misuse social media”.

The Senate is currently deliberating on Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019 commonly known as the anti-social media bill.

It seeks to criminalise the use of the social media in peddling false or malicious information.

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