Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, said that the nation is sitting on a keg of gun powder regarding the issue of fake news and needs to immediately begin to regulate the social media space.
According to the Minister, the biggest challenge facing the country was the issue of fake news and misinformation, adding that the government identified this since 2017 and decided to launch a national campaign against fake news.
The Minister explained that the government was not seeking to shut down the social media space in the country because “the social media has come to stay,” but to have a social media policy that regulates the social media and check fake news and misinformation.
“We are sitting on a time bomb on this issue of fake news. Unfortunately, we have no national policy on social media and we need one before it destroys us. We need technology and resources to dominate our social media. We need a social media policy to determine what can be seen and what cannot be seen.”