Social media corporations eager to function in Nigeria should register an area entity and be licensed, the nation’s data minister mentioned on Wednesday, the federal government’s newest transfer because it banned Twitter final week.
“We’re insisting that so that you can function in Nigeria you could first be a Nigerian firm and be licensed by the broadcasting fee,” mentioned Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s data minister, of social media corporations.
The brand new rules will embrace circumstances for continued operation, Mohammed mentioned, with out elaborating. The transfer comes amidst what critics say is a broader crackdown on freedom of expression in Africa’s most populous nation that has drawn comparisons to Nigeria’s a long time of army rule within the twentieth century.
Nigeria’s authorities final week mentioned it had suspended Twitter’s actions, two days after the platform eliminated a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish secessionists. Nigerian telecoms corporations have since blocked entry to Twitter.
Buhari is a former army ruler.
Mohammed didn’t give a deadline for registration and licensing, however mentioned some corporations got discover, with out naming the affected corporations. He didn’t reply to calls and a message in search of particulars.
“Twitter has persistently made its platform obtainable to those that are threatening Nigeria’s company existence,” mentioned Mohammed, naming a separatist chief and anti-police brutality protesters.
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