Friday, August 14, 2020

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    Engage in politics beyond social media, Bolaji Abdullahi tells youth

Engage in politics beyond social media, Bolaji Abdullahi tells youth

Bolaji Abdullahi, a former minister of youth and sports, says Nigerian youth need to engage in politics in order to effect real change in the country. There have been calls for better youth inclusion in politics across the country. Speaking at the International Youth Day programme organised by The Avalon daily, a digital news platform, on Wednesday, Abdullahi said the youth must [...]

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    ‘Say no to rape’ — celebrities react to Tina, UNIBEN student’s killings

‘Say no to rape’ — celebrities react to Tina, UNIBEN student’s killings

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    Twitter hides Trump’s tweet ‘glorifying violence’ as face-off continues

Twitter hides Trump’s tweet ‘glorifying violence’ as face-off continues

Twitter has flagged a tweet from United States President Donald Trump which it said violated its rules about "glorifying violence". It hid the tweet from public view, saying it "may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible". It also said in addition to the tweet's connection to violence, it fears it "could inspire similar actions". https://twitter.com/TwitterComms/status/1266267447838949378?s=20 Trump was commenting on [...]

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    After hit from Twitter, Trump signs executive order to regulate social media

After hit from Twitter, Trump signs executive order to regulate social media

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to regulate social media companies. This development is coming a day after the US president threatened to shut down social media. On Tuesday, Trump had tweeted that mail-in ballots were fraudulent but the claim was fact checked by Twitter — an action which peeved the US president. Twitter put a warning on Trump’s tweet: [...]

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    ALERT: Social media accounts of Ibrahim Gambari fake

ALERT: Social media accounts of Ibrahim Gambari fake

The social media accounts created for Ibrahim Gambari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, are fake. Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), announced on Wednesday that Buhari had appointed Gambari as chief of staff. He replaced Abba Kyari who died on April 17 from COVID-19 complications. Soon after Gambari's appointment was announced, different social media accounts were opened [...]

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    Rita Dominic: People think not posting wealth on social media means you’re not happy

Rita Dominic: People think not posting wealth on social media means you’re not happy

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    ‘How can human head bring money?’ – Fashola tackles Nollywood over kidnapping, ritual movies

‘How can human head bring money?’ – Fashola tackles Nollywood over kidnapping, ritual movies

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    Canada moves to regulate social media — but focus is on platforms NOT users

Canada moves to regulate social media — but focus is on platforms NOT users

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, has appointed Steven Guilbeault as the country’s minister of heritage to create new regulations for social media. Guilbeault, whose appointment was disclosed in a mandate letter dated December 13, was asked to create new laws that would curb online harm including hate speech. However, unlike that of Nigeria which targets social media users, the letter stated [...]

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    Aisha Buhari: Presidential aides not doing enough to defend my husband

Aisha Buhari: Presidential aides not doing enough to defend my husband

Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has accused presidential aides of failing to speak up on important matters but rather commenting on unnecessary things. Speaking on Journalists' Hangout, a programme on Television Continental (TVC), the first lady cited instances where she felt the presidential aides did not do enough to dispel fake news peddled about Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo. During the [...]

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    Aisha Buhari: Bad people have taken over the country from us

Aisha Buhari: Bad people have taken over the country from us

Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, says "bad people" have taken over the country from people who are "supposed to be in charge". Aisha said this on Thursday during a phone-in interview on Television Continental (TVC)'s 'Journalists Hangout' programme. She said it is unacceptable that those who should be in control of the government have remained mute, while some persons are [...]

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    PANDEF asks senate to throw out ‘hate speech bill’ without further delay

PANDEF asks senate to throw out ‘hate speech bill’ without further delay

Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) says the national assembly's fascination with regulating the social media is disturbing. In a statement on Monday, Idongesit Ikanga, PANDEF's national chairman, said the national assembly must exercise caution in its handling of the social media and hate speech bills. A week after the senate introduced a bill to regulate social media, the senate reintroduced another bill [...]

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    ‘China controls its 1.3bn people’ — Aisha Buhari backs regulation of social media

‘China controls its 1.3bn people’ — Aisha Buhari backs regulation of social media

Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, has backed the proposed legislation for the regulation of social media. Speaking on Friday at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) general assembly meeting in Abuja, Aisha said the issue of social media is a serious one. She said China has been able to control the use of social media for its 1.3 billion [...]

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    Hate speech bill ‘will lead to impunity’

Hate speech bill ‘will lead to impunity’

Stakeholders in the media, academia and civil society groups have described the proposed bill on the prohibition of hate speech as a step towards impunity. At a meeting in Lagos on Tuesday, different speakers said the motive behind the bill is to gag the media and repress the voices of the citizens. The event, which was organised by the Africa Foundation for [...]

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    ‘We must speak our minds’ — Nigerians kick against bill seeking to regulate social media

‘We must speak our minds’ — Nigerians kick against bill seeking to regulate social media

A bill seeking to regulate social media sparked outrage among internet users after it passed second reading at the senate on Wednesday. The bill entitled "Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation 2019" is being sponsored by Sani Musa, senator representing Niger east. Nigerians have united to kick against the bill.  Since on Friday, the hashtag #SayNoToSocialMediaBill has remained top of the Twitter [...]

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    Lai: Criticism won’t stop FG from regulating social media

Lai: Criticism won’t stop FG from regulating social media

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says criticism will not stop the federal government from regulating social media. The minister said this at a meeting with online-news publishers in Abuja on Thursday. There have been critical reactions to the government's move to regulate social media. But Mohammed said the government does not intend to impair free speech. He said the fear of stifling free speech [...]

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    Hate-speech bill: How do we exorcise Ahmad Lawan’s senate? 

Hate-speech bill: How do we exorcise Ahmad Lawan’s senate? 

The senate marshalled by Ahmad Lawan has been convincing in confirming the stereotypes and assumptions about the institution. In July, I wrote about Lawan’s obsequiousness and desperation to please President Buhari whom he described as his ‘’close friend’’. I say again, Lawan has been dutiful in his obligation of inking ‘’rubber-stamp’’ on the senate. Soon after he became senate president, he [...]

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