We do not regulate Social Media – NCC

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By Bukola Olanrewaju

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has stated that its current assignment does not include regulating social media.

This statement was made yesterday at an event organized by Center for Cyber Awareness and Development (CECAD) to commensurate the Safer Internet Day (SID) and cyber responsibility.

The event which was themed “Together for a better Internet” was held in Lagos.

According to the NCC, New Media and Information Security, Engr. Aminu Abdullahi, the commission does not regulate social media.

“Even Nigeria do not have a law to guide the Social Media Act.

“Although we get some complaints and requests on this a lot. I have to categorically say, NCC does not regulate Social Media activities”, Abdullahi pointed out.

Speaking on this, the founder Disruptive Africa, Mr David Alozie said it is difficult to regulate social media activities, most especially in Nigeria.

In his words, “You can not regulate something you did not built or understand how it was built.

“We understand that social media has created a lot of values for people in terms of business opportunities, so regulations of social media in a way is really not in the best interest of people so far” he stated.

Alozie posited that Government should developed one that fit our local environment, if government is willing to regulate social media acts.

More so, he said it is important government provide proper ways of protecting citizens data.

“It is essential that data users should be properly educated on the system to ensure adequate security”, he pointed out.

Speaking on this, Alozie advised that the Nigeria Police Force, Military and the Security agencies  should look into leveraging technology like Artificial intelligence, data Analytics to predict situations.

“The government need to surround themselves with intellects who will capable of harnessing available data to make life better and safety if citizens.

Infact, a lot have to be done in controlling how data flows”, he said.

However, it was reported earlier that the upper chamber of the National Assembly has set in motion the passage of a law to regulate what Nigerians do or post on social media.

According to the Chairman Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, AbdulFatai Buhari at an cybersecyrity event last year, he noted that the bill presented to the senate has passed the first reading and it has been listed for the second reading.