The Federal Government has directed that Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok, Google and other internet platforms available in Nigeria should register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
The Government, through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and also ordered that the platforms should appoint country representatives to Nigeria.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the NITDA spokesperson, Hadiza Umar.
According to Umar, the new code was designed to protect the fundamental human rights of Nigerians and non-Nigerians living in the country as well as define guidelines for interacting in the digital ecosystem.
The Code requires internet platforms to register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as a legal entity and appoint a designated country representative to interface with Nigerian authorities.
The statement read in part, “NITDA wishes to present to the public a Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries for future review and input.”
The Code of Practice was developed by NITDA alongside the Nigerian Communications Commission and National Broadcasting Commission, with input from platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google, and Tik Tok.
Any information that violates Nigerian law would also be deleted by the implementation of this Code.
“For moderation of content, the internet platforms are to provide a comprehensive compliance mechanism to avoid publication of prohibited contents and unethical behavioUr on their platform.
“They will provide information to authorities on harmful accounts, suspected botnets, troll groups, and other coordinated disinformation networks and delete any information that violates Nigerian law within an agreed time.
The Code of Practice, according to the NITDA, is aimed at safeguarding the fundamental human rights of Nigerians and non-Nigerians living in Nigeria, and regulating interactions on online platforms.
The regulations also include policies on pornography as well as issues around cybercrime.