The federal says it’s no intention of shutting down social media.
The Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the clarification on Saturday in Lagos, NAN reports.
The minister said the Muhammadu Buhari led administration has high regards for freedom of the press adding that it plans to regulate social media to be responsible and refrain from giving out fake news and hate speech.
He said his recent involve the regulation of the excesses of social media shouldn’t be misinterpreted for a complete ban.
“We didn’t at any time say that we’ll pack up the social media.
“Social media has come to remain and it’ll be an attack on
democracy to shut it down because it is the fastest way of passing out information everywhere in the world.
“However, it must be regulated to avoid it being used in a manner that it becomes a supplier of faux news and hate speech.
“Also, we’ll not fold our arms to permit suppliers of fake news and hate speech to use the social media to throw the country into chaos,” he said.