The Federal Government of Nigeria has handed out new rules of engagement for social media platforms in the country.
In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Hadiza Umar, on Monday the new regulations will give users of these platforms in the country a sense of protection as well as define guidelines for interacting on the digital ecosystem.
The code mandates the Internet platforms to register with Corporate Affairs Commission and assign someone to interface with the government.
It also stipulated that they comply with all regulatory demands and applicable tax obligations on its operations under Nigerian law.
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NITDA also added that Internet platforms need to “provide a comprehensive compliance mechanism to avoid publication of prohibited contents and unethical behaviour on their platform”.
The agency noted that the new rules were “developed in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), as well as input from Interactive Computer Service Platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google, Tik Tok, among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration suspended Twitter from June 2021 to January 2022.