Social Media Bill Passes Second Reading In Senate

The Senate on Wednesday passed for second reading a bill for an act to make provision for the protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations for and for related matters.

The bill, which was sponsored by Senator Musa Mohammed Sani representing Niger East Senatorial District would restrict cyberspace falsehood against any citizen if passed into law.

In his contribution, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani explained that cyberspace laws were enough to take care of the bill, saying that other advanced countries never established such laws.

“Yes, fake news has done a lot in America, but they have not legislated on restricting their citizens when it comes to social media contents.”

Senator Bala Ibn N’allah representing Kebbi North Senatorial district coming on Order 39(1)(3) said the social media law would support the right to Freedom of expression which was stated in the Constitution.

He stressed that he has been vindicated that somebody else has brought the bill which he did before.

“I am not so happy standing here, but have been vindicated when I sponsored the bill in the 8th Assembly and I was persecuted.

In his ruling, President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan referred the bill to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.

The committee is expected to present its report on the bill in four weeks.

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