The Federal Government of Nigeria has said it is monitoring activities on Twitter following its takeover by a new owner.
Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, stated this in his opening address at the 3rd edition of the ‘PMB Administration Scorecard 2015-2023’ series.
Lai said there are questions about what will become of the Federal Government’s agreement with Twitter, given the change in its ownership.
He said on Thursday, Nov. 10: “Many have asked for our reaction following reports that there has been a spike in fake news, disinformation, and hate speech since the micro-blogging site changed ownership.
“Many have even asked us if another ban is in the offing. Let me say this: We are closely monitoring the evolving developments at Twitter.
“It has never been our intention to ban any social media platform or stifle free speech. Not at all.
“What happened in the case of Twitter is well known to all. Twitter became a platform of choice for those who want to destabilize Nigeria using fake news, disinformation, and hate speech.
“No nation will allow any social media platform to plunge it into anarchy. Definitely Not Nigeria. But we have continued to engage positively with the different social media platforms, including Facebook, Google (owners of YouTube), and Twitter.
“We have no intention of banning any social media platform again. But we will also not sit by and allow any platform whatsoever to throw our nation into crisis.”