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Nigeria to regulate social media platforms

The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA has outlined some of the conditions social media platforms operating in the country must abide by. 

These conditions are stated in the recently released Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries (online platforms) which was released on Monday June 13.

Some of the conditions include, having a country representative, registering with the Corporate Affairs Commission as a legal entity, complying with tax obligations, deleting information that violates Nigerian law and provide information on ‘harmful accounts, troll groups, disinformation networks’. 

The social media platforms were also directed to “provide a dedicated channel that is available all the time where an authorised government agency can lodge or forward a request or complaint against contents that are unlawful or harmful.” 

Editing by Omotola Oguneye