To fight online abuse, social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Tiktok would be required to open local offices in Nigeria.
National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), the code of practice for “interactive computer service platforms/internet intermediaries” was designed specifically to combat online disinformation.
These requirements, according to the internet regulator, are intended to “protect fundamental human rights of Nigerians and non-Nigerians residing in the nation” and would assist “establish norms for engaging in the digital ecosystem.”
In a June 13 statement from an NITDA representative, the restrictions were established with assistance from Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google, and TikTok, among others. These platforms are immensely popular in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country with over 200 million people, as they are in most other nations.
According to the authorities, the companies will be obliged to conform necessary information to users or authorized government agencies, including for the purpose of maintaining security and public order.
They would also be required to provide annual reports to NITDA detailing the number of registered users in Nigeria, the number of complaints received, and the content removed as a result of disinformation and misinformation.