The legislators of the federal republic of Nigeria seem determined to pass the zzz “anti-social media bill,” as despite its opposition from most of the populace, it has, again, passed a reading at the Senate
Channels reports that the bill was passed by a majority of senators on the floor, with only one lawmaker, Chimaroke Nnamani, opposing the bill.
The Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill also known as the Social Media Bill has passed second reading in the Senate.
The bill on Wednesday passed second reading with support by majority of Senators.
This is despite opposition to the proposed legislation by Nigerian citizens who are of the opinion that the bill seeks to fight free speech.
During the debate, only Senator Chimaroke Nnamani opposed the bill. He argued that there is legislation in the country namely the Cyber Crimes Act which addresses internet falsehood.
The Senate, however directed its committee on judiciary to work on the bill and return in four weeks.
The bill was introduced to the Senate on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
According to the sponsor of the bill, Mohammed Sani Musa, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Niger East Senatorial District, it will regulate the use of social media in Nigeria and curb fake news on the internet.
The bill, “Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill 2019,” was introduced to the senate on November 5, and, if passed, could have social media users who share false information sentenced to prison for 3 years, or asked to pay a fine of ₦150,000