Divergent Views in the Senate over Social Media Bill as It Passes Second Reading
Divergent arguments were raised on Wednesday at the Nigerian Senate’s plenary over the passage of bill to protect the social media from peddling fake news.
The bill for an Act to make provisions for the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, 2019 sponsored by Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, representing Niger East Senatorial district was re-read at plenary on Wednesday.
In defence of the bill, Senator Elisha Abbo expressed fear over the growth of fake news in Nigeria which, according to him, may destroy the nation if unchecked.
“I want to commend Distinguished Senator Musa for sponsoring this Bill. The issue of fake news in this country, if it’s not regulated is a cancer waiting to consume all of us.
“Even conventional media that are regulated are suffering from falsehood,” he said.
Senator Abba Moro, equally threw weight behind the bill, describing it straightforward laced with good intentions.
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