The Nigerian government has imposed new operating regulations for working in the country for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This comes after the government lifted its ban on Twitter.
The Nigerian National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) published the regulations five months after Twitter’s six-month ban.
The social media platform was reportedly banned in the country last year after removing a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari’s account concerning freedom of expression in Africa.
According to BMA sources, the new regulations impelled on Twitter and other social media platforms to ensure the digital ecosystem is safe for “Nigerians and non-Nigerians” living in the country.
“The NITDA developed the guidelines in collaboration with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), as well as input from Interactive Computer Service Platforms such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Tik Tok, Instagram and WhatsApp,” the agency said.
The five new rules imposed by the Nigerian government on social media platforms include:
- Nigerian office in the first quarter of 2022
- Appointment of a country representative
- Compliance with applicable tax obligations
- Nigeria to have access to manage ‘prohibited’ content
- Respect for Nigerian laws and the national culture and history
According to BMA sources, Twitter agreed to these conditions before its ban was lifted. Other social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Google, have reportedly followed suit.
The Nigerian government stressed that these social media platforms need to comply with the new regulation to continue operating in the country.
The new regulations also stipulated that the social media platforms should provide information on harmful accounts, including a comprehensive compliance mechanism to avoid publishing prohibited content and unethical behaviour on their media.