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    Nigeria monitors Meta’s verses for hate speech 


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    Nigeria is monitoring Meta Platforms Inc’s Facebook and other platforms to ensure they comply with demands to curtail hate speech on their sites, as it steps up its campaign for responsible use of social media, Information Minister Lai Mohammed has announced after meeting with Facebook’s team in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Facebook has done nothing to curtail the activities of separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on their platform despite several complaints, Mohammed said.


    Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB’s leader, is standing trial on charges that include terrorism and broadcasting falsehoods, said Reuters. A judge will decide on Wednesday on whether Kanu should be granted bail.  Mohammed said the separatist group has been classified as a terrorist organisation: “Facebook has no justification for yielding its platform to the organisation to further its campaign of hate and destabilisation of the country.”


    Nigeria is facing secessionist agitation which has given rise to regional calls for power-sharing between southern and northern Nigeria. The country is also dealing with insecurity, banditry, kidnapping, a weak currency amid double-digit inflation and slow growth. The Facebook meeting was called to discuss the increasing use of the social media platform by separatists based outside Nigeria to instigate violence and ethnic hatred in the country in English and local language.

    Twitter ban

    Though the government has no intention of preventing Nigerians from using social media it is advocating responsible use, said Mohammed. Nigeria lifted a six-months ban on Twitter  in January after the social media company removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists. Telecoms companies subsequently blocked access to users in Nigeria.