FG Sets New Rules for Google, Twitter, Facebook, Others; Directs Them to Register with CAC


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Federal Government, through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Monday issued new codes for Internet and Social media platforms operating in Nigeria.

The code mandates all Internet platforms to “register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and appoint a designated country representative to interface with Nigerian authorities.”

It also mandates them comply with all regulatory demands and all tax obligations applicable their operations under Nigerian law.

As regards to content moderation, NITDA said Internet platforms must ensure prohibited and harmful contents are not published on their platforms.

 “Internet platforms must provide a comprehensive compliance mechanism to avoid publication of prohibited contents and unethical behaviour on their platform, provide information to authorities on harmful accounts, suspected botnets, troll groups, and other coordinated disinformation networks and deleting any information that violates Nigerian law within an agreed time.”

According to the  statement which was signed by NITDA spokesperson, Hadiza Umar, the new regulations with developed in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Broadcasting Commission, and it is targeted at protecting the fundamental human rights of Nigerians and non-Nigerians living in Nigeria.

“The new rules were developed in collaboration with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), as well as input from Interactive Computer Service Platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google, and Tik Tok amongst others.

“Other relevant stakeholders with peculiar knowledge in this area were consulted such as Civil Society Organizations and expert groups. The results of this consultations were duly incorporated into the Draft Code of Practice.

“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 on the digital ecosystem.”

The draft codes of practice notes that Internet platforms must promptly obey court orders directing it to provide “information under its domain or any assistance to any authorised government.”

On December 21, 2021, Nigeria`s Senate passed Finance Bill, 2022 which mandates Google, Twitter, Facebook, NetFlix to pay tax in Nigeria.

In compliance with the law, Google started charging its Nigerian users 7.5% V.A.T

 In 2021, Federal government suspended Twitter operation in Nigeria and later lifted the suspension when Twitter, according to the government, agreed to register and pay tax in Nigeria.

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