President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Saturday disclosed that if has no plan to shut down social media.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, stated this in Lagos State on Saturday.
The Minister in his statement noted that the Federal Government respects freedom of the press.
He further stated that the current administration has plan to regulate social media and avoid it from being used for fake news and hate speech.
He said, “We did not at any time say that we will shut down the social media.”
“Social media has come to stay and it will be an attack on democracy to shut it down because it is the fastest way of passing out information all over the world.”
“However, it must be regulated to avoid it being used in a manner that it becomes a supplier of fake news and hate speech.”
“Also, we will not fold our arms to allow suppliers of fake news and hate speech to use the social media to throw the country into chaos.”