Nigeria has announced plans to regulate internet companies like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram (all owned by Meta), Twitter, Google and TikTok in a draft shared by the country’s internet regulator.
This information, released by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), on Monday, can be viewed on its website and Twitter page.
Just six months ago, Nigeria lifted the ban on Twitter, six months after it first declared a crackdown on the social media giant in the country.
According to a memo written by Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, the director-general of NITDA to Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, at the time, one of the three conditions Twitter agreed to – for its reinstatement – was setting up “a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022.”
The others included paying taxes locally and cooperating with the Nigerian government to regulate content and harmful tweets.
We’re halfway through the year, and it appears that none of the conditions has been met yet. But that hasn’t stopped the government from forging ahead to extend these requirements to other internet companies: Meta-owned platforms, Twitter and Google.
13th June 2022
National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Issues a Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries and Conditions for Operating in Nigeria
.Culled from TechCrunch