A bill seeking to regulate social media has provoked outrage among some Nigerian internet users after it passed second reading at the senate.
The bill entitled, ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation 2019’, passed second reading on Wednesday, after Sani Musa, senator representing Niger east and its sponsor, moved a motion for a debate on the proposed law.
It was however rejected by some Nigerians including celebrities who took to Twitter to express their reservations concerning the bill, especially how it violates their fundamental right of freedom of speech.
Since on Friday, the hashtag #SayNoToSocialMediaBill has remained top of the Twitter trends.
“This Social Media Bill is very worrisome. We’re used to taking everything so lightly. I doubt most of us understand the implications of this if it gets passed. The things I’ve been reading are crazy. Freedom of speech is almost all the power we have left #SayNoToSocialMediaBill,” Simi, Nigerian singer, said.
“This is not a matter of belonging to APC, PDP or SDP. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Yoruba, Hausa, or Igbo. It has nothing to do with you being a Muslim, Christian or Idol worshipper. This is a war against you & I. This is a war against our freedom. #SayNoToSocialMediaBill,” another user said.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
SOURCE: THE CABLE