Friday, 4 December 2015

Nigerians Condem new Social Media Bill

Millions of social media users in Nigeria have reacted angrily to a new social media draft being discussed in the senate which aims to "prohibit frivolous petitions"

 According to BBC, the bill proposes a sentence of up to seven years in prison or a fine of $25,000 for anyone who intentionally propagates false information. Human Rights watch has condemned the move as an attempt by President Buhari to muzzle free speech.

 Social media users including those using whatsapp and other messaging services could be affected by the proposed bill. Nigerians are becoming increasingly worried with the present administration's attitude to muzzle opposition and free speech .

 Activists see the bill as an attempt to target critics of the politicians. Many Nigerians are of the opinion that the current administration was a great beneficiary of social media and wondered why such a bill is being proposed.

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