Nigeria: Nigerian govt denies monitoring phone calls, social media

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has described as false information being circulated on the social media that under a purported Ministry of Interior Regulation, all phone calls and social media posts made by Nigerians are to be monitored and recorded.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, described the development as "another example of disinformation that has permeated the media space, especially the social media."

He said the intention of those behind the false news is to give the impression that the Nigerian government was working to stifle freedom of speech, which is not the case.

"'There is no regulation, old or new, from the Ministry of Interior or any federal government agency requiring the recording of all calls or the monitoring of Social Media platforms like WhatsApp, Twitter or Facebook.

"We are therefore using this medium to inform all Nigerians that what is being circulated in this regard is totally false and should be disregarded," the minister stated.

"'We thank all Nigerians who have reached out to us in an effort to confirm the authenticity or otherwise of this information, which is now being widely circulated on the social media.This is the best way to ensure that the purveyors of false news do not dominate our media space,'' he noted.
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10 april 2017 16:24:07

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