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Former Governor Fayose Advocates for Legislation to Regulate Social Media Use



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In a recent statement, Mr Ayodele Fayose, the former Governor of Ekiti State, emphasized the need for a law to regulate the use of social media, targeting both the platform owners and users to prevent potential abuse.

Fayose highlighted the importance of social media in our daily lives but insisted on the necessity of regulations governing its usage.

On his verified X handle, the former governor expressed, “We cannot continue to operate with an unregulated social media. There must be laws governing its usage for both platform owners and users.”

He also underscored the significant role that social media plays in crime prevention globally, including in Nigeria.

However, Fayose raised concerns about the widespread abuse and dissemination of misinformation through social media. He emphasized the need for regulation, similar to measures taken in other countries, to address these excesses.

While acknowledging the typical skepticism of Nigerians towards government regulations, Fayose assured that well-intentioned users have nothing to fear.

Earlier last week, Femi Gbajabiamila, President Bola Tinubu’s Chief of Staff, also called for the regulation of social media, deeming it a societal menace.

Gbajabiamila stressed, “The social media has become a societal menace and must be regulated. People often fail to realize that hitting the send button can potentially reach millions worldwide, posing dangers to both the society and individuals, including security threats.”