Nigeria’s internet Regulator releases a Draft bill to regulate Social media companies

Nigerian government has announced a draft new bill that plans regulate the social media companies operating in the country.  

The country’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said: the new bill aim at “protecting fundamental human rights of Nigerians and non-Nigerians living in the country.” 

It also serves as a “define guidelines for interacting on the digital ecosystem.”

Hadiza Umar, the agency’s head of corporate affairs, in the press statement said: “The new global reality is that the activities conducted on these online platforms wield enormous influence over our society, social interaction and economic choices. Hence, the Code of Practice is an intervention to recalibrate the relationship of online platforms with Nigerians in order to maximise mutual benefits for our nation.” 

The draft new bill also covers the following: 

  • Establish a legal entity; in other words, register with the country’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
  • Appoint a designated country representative to interface with Nigerian authorities.
  • Abide by all regulatory demands after establishing a legal presence.
  • Comply with all applicable tax obligations on its operations under Nigerian law.
  • Provide a comprehensive compliance mechanism to avoid publication of prohibited content[s] and unethical behaviour on their platform.
  • Provide information to authorities on harmful accounts, suspected botnets, troll groups, and other coordinated disinformation networks and delete any information that violates Nigerian law within an agreed time.

The entire draft can be viewed on NITDA’s website

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