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#SayNoToSocialMediaBill: Celebrities, Nigerians react as Northern Governors tell FG to regulate social media

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Nigerians on social media have strongly opposed the call by governors of Northern states to have social media regulated.

Northern governors had asked the Federal Government to regulate social media to curb the spread of ‘fake news’.

The call was made on Monday at a meeting on tackling insecurity and fake news.

The governors who condemned recent attacks on persons and properties by thugs, also decried the the effect of uncontrolled social media, describing it as devastating.

“The superlative agitations and other change regime actions outside the ballot box soon take advantage of the peaceful protests to push for their separative agenda. The meeting endorses the indivisibility, indissolubility, and oneness of the nation.

“The meeting took note of the devastating effect of the uncontrolled social media in spreading fake news. Therefore, calls for major control mechanism and censorship of the social media practice in Nigeria

“Meeting raises attention on the need to keep a strict watch on the Federal Capital Territory to guide against unwarranted and destructive protests to safeguard critical assets of the nation,” a communique signed by Simon Lalong, Chairman, Northern States Governors’ Forum, read.

Shortly after the meeting, Nigerians who felt the move was seeking to gag free speech, took to Twitter to challenge the call to any attempt to regulate social media.

Making use of #SayNoToSocialMediaBill and #EndSocialMediaBill, they echoed their stance on regulating the social media space not being welcomed.

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