Fayose calls for law regulating social media usage
February 11, 2024
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on Sunday, made a case for the regulation of social media with law for both platform owners and users to prevent abuse.
Fayose said, “Social media has become very important to our existence, no doubt, but there must be regulations guiding its usage.”
The former governor, in a post on his verified X handle on Sunday, stated, “The truth we must all face is that we can’t keep operating an unregulated social media. Usage must be regulated in line with law for both platform owners and users.
“The world over, social media is playing major roles in crime fighting and Nigeria is not an exception.
“However, good as the social media has become, the level of its abuse and use for misinformation is worrisome. No society or responsible government will fold its arms at these excesses. It is being done in other countries.
“Though it is normal for Nigerians to be suspicious of government regulations, but users with good intentions have nothing to fear.”
Early last week, President Bola Tinubu’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, said that social media has become a societal menace and must be regulated.
“The social media has become a societal menace and must be regulated. As many people do not understand that once the send button is hit, there is a potential to reach millions of people around the world which is capable of causing a great danger not just in the society but even unintended consequences to the individuals that are receiving information which may include security of life,” a statement quoted Gbajabiamila as saying.