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Social Media Bill: Nigerian Senator Justifies Plagiarism of Singapore Law

...Vows to go ahead with the bill

The Sponsor of controversial social media bill, Senator Sani Mohammed Musa has justified plagiarism of the bill from Singapore urged the other senators to support the bill.

Sani in a statement personally signed on Sunday explained that the problems and challenges of regulating internet activities cuts across jurisdictions and It is therefore inevitable that lessons be drawn from other jurisdiction in fashioning workable solutions in Nigeria.

He advised Nigerians not to heed to the jejune attempt by uninformed mischief-makers going round distorting what is clearly a no issue in the bill adding that when the bill is eventually passed into law it will become Universal template that can be adopted and domesticated to fit peculiarities.

Musa said,”Beyond the rhetoric, the internet space in Nigeria has become corrosive. Information whether true or false spreads like wildfire.

“We may have the capacity to regulate the internet space but it is extremely difficult to regulate the effect of hate speech distributed through online platforms.

” The bill imposes on service providers stiff penalties if their platform is used to disseminate falsehood that can potentially lead to social strife – and this is the global practice.

” It is no coincidence that Countries with regulated internet report relatively lower cases of Fake News and Hate Speech. Like Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook opined, ‘Internet Companies should be accountable for enforcing standards on harmful content.

‘It is impossible to remove all harmful content from the Internet, but when people use dozens of different sharing services — all with their own policies and processes — we need a more standardized approach’. And this is the crux of the move to sanitize the corrosive internet space in Nigeria.

” We may fear and fret for the manipulation of such laws by Politicians and Government officials but it is not enough reason to negate the overall gains of these regulations.

“The inherent gains it comes with are enormous – a free internet that guarantees national security; protection of minors (abusive forms of marketing, violence, pornography); protection of human dignity (incitement to racial hatred or racial discrimination); economic security (free of fraud, instructions on pirating credit cards); information security (freedom from malicious hacking); protection of privacy (freedom from unauthorized communication of personal data, electronic harassment); protection of reputation; intellectual property etc as propounded by The European Union Paper on “Illegal and harmful content on the Internet”.”

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