Nigeria to toughen rules for social media platforms


There was another example of governments trying to figure out if and how to regulate online chat, this time from Nigeria, whose government is apparently considering requiring social media platforms to open local offices.

Thus, at an undetermined date, online platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Tiktok will be required to register and open offices in Nigeria and designate government contact persons. According to ITWeb Africa, the local office stipulation will apply to “all platforms with users over one hundred thousand”.

But that’s not all. Reuters reports that the country’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has said platforms will be required to provide annual information on registered users, the number of closed and deactivated accounts, and what content has been removed, as well as whether it has been reposted or re-uploaded, among other things.

Information on why certain online content is popular must also be provided under the new rules, as must the rapid removal of a number of types of non-consensual explicit content that aims to harass, discredit or intimidate a individual.

NITDA insisted that the new rules aim to tackle online abuse, including misinformation and misinformation. He also claimed that the regulations were developed with input from major players including Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google and TikTok, although they are all happy with the resulting rules is unclear.

This is of course a recurring problem in Nigeria. As we reported at the time, in January the government lifted its ban on Twitter after obtaining assurances from the social media company, ending a seven-month blockade of the platform that began by a dispute over a tweet deleted by the country’s president. These assurances apparently included the opening of a local office in Nigeria with a representative to work with the government.

Russia attempted something similar last year, although many social media groups delayed opening local offices and are now unlikely to care after the invasion of Russia. ‘Ukraine.



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