Benue State senator, Abba Moro, said many Nigerians have misinterpreted the essence of the social media bill and recaptioned it as “Anti-Social Media Bill.”
“The bill being tagged Anti-social Media Bill is a clear case of giving the dog a bad name just to hang it,” he said.
The bill, ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, 2019’ passed second reading last week.
The bill, sponsored by Mohammed Musa (APC, Niger) was introduced in the Senate two weeks ago.
The bill seeks to regulate the use of social media and curb fake news on the internet.
Since its introduction, the bill has sparked outrage among Nigerians and internet users in particular.
The legislation comes a few years after a similar anti-social media bill introduced in the eight Senate sparked…