Social Media Bill Passes Second Reading

Senate on Social Media bill

The controversial social media bill becomes ever closer to becoming a law after passing the second reading at the senate.

The Bill titled, “A Bill for an Act to make provisions for the protection from internet falsehood and manipulations and for related matters, 2019,” is sponsored by Senator Mohammed Sani Musa and seeks to regulate social media and its use in damaging character.

According to the bill’s sponsor, “The hoax about the death of President Muhammadu Buhari in London and his replacement with Jibril from Sudan was a great threat to the peace and security of this country,”

The bill doesn’t have unanimous support though as senator Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu East) was strongly opposed to the bill.

Meanwhile, Senator Ishaku Clifford Elisha Abbo, popular for his woman beating skills was strongly in support of the bill.

The potential law has been hugely bashed on the very social media they seek to regulate and it would be interesting to see if the law passes and the effect it would have on criticisms against the government in future.

A Twitter user, Wale Gates, condemned Senator Abbo stating that his support for the bill stems from his misadventures. “Senator Elisha Abbo wants to jail people cos he was caught in a sextoy shop with 2 ladies & he physically assaulted another woman in the shop (true). Just bcos we caught u buying buttplugs doesnt mean we shld go to jail.”

 

While you might feel helpless, this tweet from a user claims that there is still a way to stop it, “Folks, there’ll be a public hearing on the nasty bill on social media. Let’s keep an eye on the Senate for the public hearing. We MUST turn up enmasse to oppose the bill”

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