Senate proposes 3-year jail for social media violators

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The bill seeking a three-year jail term for anyone involved in “abuse of social media” has been reintroduced by the Senate.

Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed had said the Federal Government would regulate the social media.

The proposal provides for an option of N150,000 fine or both.

About three years ago, the Senate stepped down the bill followings outcry that greeted it with the public describing it as draconian.

The current bill, which has gone through the first reading, also proposes N10 million fine for media houses involved in “peddling falsehood or misleading the public”.

Telecommunication firms whose platforms are used to disseminate fake news will also be punished under the proposed law.

The bill titled: Protection from internet falsehood and manipulations Bill, 2019, was sponsored by the Senator representing Niger East, Mohammed Sani Musa, of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

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