The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has defended the calls for the regulation of the social media, and is advocating for the use of gatekeepers to sieve content before they are published on the various platforms,
He said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, on Wednesday, while explaining part of the communique issued by the South-West Governors Forum after a meeting wgich held last week, that: “There must be gatekeepers. Yes, you want to publish any news you like, there must be gatekeepers using technology that will be able to at least, sieve what is right and what is wrong.”
The Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, blamed fake news for the destruction of properties by oppressed Nigerians, in the aftermath of the EndSARS protests. He explained that no government would allow fake news to take over the cyberspace.
He added: “When the hoodlums took over, a lot of fake news were fed to the public. People were reacting to it.
“False news were fed to the public, they reacted to it. It led to the destruction of properties, Lagos, Akure, everywhere.
“If we cannot be disciplined enough to be able to know that we do not churn out news that can cause a lot of damage in the society, then the government itself must be proactive enough to find a way to control it.”
While explaining that the planned restrictions on the social media would not affect personal conversations, the Ondo State Governor said that the social media is already regulated in places like China and Russia.
“They will not restrict my personal conversations, they would not restrict what I am saying to my friends, but if I want to take out news and say that thousands have been killed in Lekki Toll Gate for instance, then before it comes out, I must have evidence of people who died on the ground.
“Show me, and if it is not there, I will say to you, you cannot use my band to propagate such news item. That is what we are saying.”
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