After holding Twitter to its own terms, including payment of tax, registration with local authorities, among other conditions, Nigerian government says it will extend the same treatment to other social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, among others who operate in the country.
The country’s information minister, Lai Mohammed said “Whatever applies to Twitter will apply to all other social media platforms, be it WhatsApp, Facebook or any other.”
He added that, “that is why we will be having a retreat to amend the NBC Act and the NBC Code to incorporate these new gains we made with the engagement with Twitter.”
Recall that, Micro blogging platform, Twitter, was suspended by the Nigerian Government on condition that, the platform agrees to terms spelt out by the authorities. The barn was later lifted after a mutual agreement was reached.
These conditions includes payment of taxes, having an office in Nigeria, the presence of a country’s representative, registration of with the Nigerian corporate Affairs commission as well as getting licensed by the National Broadcasting Commission, respect for sensitivity of national security and training of Nigerian IT personnel on the report of twitter abuse flagged by the government.
A government communique said “Twitter agreed to immediately work with the Federal Government in the area of code of conduct which is in line with global best practices.”