Anti-social Media Bill Passes Second Reading at Senate

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A bill to regulate the social media use on Wednesday during the plenary passed second reading.

The bill titled ‘A bill for an Act to make provisions for the protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations and for related matters 2019’, which was first read on November 5, scaled second reading after the lead debate by the sponsor of the bill, Senator Mohammed Musa (APC, Niger East)

After contributions by some senators in support of the bill, the Senate President, Dr Ahmad Lawan, referred the bill to the Senate Committee on Judiciary headed by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (APC, Ekiti Central), which is to report back to plenary in four weeks.

On his lead debate, Sen. Musa said the bill does not intend to gag the media but to check the spread of false information on the internet.

He also prescribed up to N300,000 fine for an individual if found guilty; and up to N10 million for corporate organisations.

The Politico had reported that the bill passed first reading in the senate in early October

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