The National Assembly recently proposed a social media bill, where the government has the right to decide what is right or wrong on the platforms. This development did not go down well with a lot of Nigeria including some celebrities as they took to the social media platform to express their anger outrage and sheer disgust
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, November 5, re-introduced a bill that will regulate the use of social media in the country. The bill, ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019’ was one of the 11 bills read for the first time on the floor of the house.
Sponsored by Sen. Mohammed Sani Musa, who said the bill was aimed at curbing fake news on the internet. This step brought about a lot of reactions and has since become a controversial topic both on the internet media and traditional media alike.
Although, this is not the first time the government has mulled the passing of a bill to regulate the use of social media. A similar bill came up both in 2015 and 2018 but failed to pass and thus was never implemented.
Celebrities have come out trying to use their platform to create awareness and speak against the anti-social media bill using the #Saynotosocialmediabill hashtag on Twitter and urging their followers to sign a petition against the bill.
“Please sign the petition guys. Let’s get this to AT LEAST 100,000 signatures. Our Senators, instead of representing and working for us, are attempting to shut us up. We can’t sit back and watch. #SayNoToSocialMediaBill #SayNoToHateSpeechBillDear Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are all watching.There’s already legislation dealing with fake news. This bill is redundant and will only further stifle free speech, in a country that seems set up to war with its young people. #SayNoToSocialMediaBill”
Social Media is never the issue. Every citizen has a right to Express how they feel, No one deserves to be treated like a slave. Together, Lets #SayNoToSocialMediaBill #SayNoToHateSpeechBillSayNoToHateSpeechBill