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NASS won’t review social media regulation bill – Senate president

Senate President, Godswill Akpabio has said that the 10th National Assembly will not review the social media regulation bill.

Akpabio said lawmakers reached the decision because that there are laws already guiding the use of social media in the country.

The president of the senate, represented by the Senate Committee Chairman on ICT, Sen. Shuiab Salisu, stated this at the Parliamentarian Symposium of Africa Internet Governance Forum (AIGF) on Tuesday organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in Abuja.

He said: “I am not sure that there is going to be a specific bill on social media regulation. However, there are emailing laws in various areas, social media is just one space.

“So, rather than having specific legislation on social media, I will rather say social media is just one platform. The same way people have used regular media platforms to commit libel.”

Meanwhile in similar news…

Veteran actor, Victor Osuagwu, has called for the regulation of content creators, who play pranks on people on social media.

He said the major problem in this part of the world is that people fail to do things properly because there are no rules guiding them.

Speaking in an interview, the 58-year-old actor said skit-makers who play extreme pranks on people in a bid to make money would not be doing so if there was a regulatory body.

According to Osuagwu, the skit-makers sometimes play pranks on older people that are so dangerous it leads to heart attacks.

He said; “One of the biggest problems we have in this part of the world is that things are not done properly. If there were rules guiding them, these things (extreme pranks) won’t be happening.

“Because of the state of the economy, more people are playing pranks on people and posting it on social media in a bid to make money, without considering the consequences. If there was a regulatory body overseeing their affairs, these things won’t happen. Sometimes, skit makers play pranks on older people, and they suffer heart attacks because of the tension.”