According to a series of tweets, the House of representatives wants telecommunications companies to develop an app or software that will help block pornographic content on social media.
A statement from the House reads
“The House has prevailed upon the telecommunications service providers to either develop or acquire software that will block or filter-out certain images or contents that violate both moral and religious values in Nigeria. Passing a resolution on a motion moved by Hon. Johnbull Shekarau calling for the censoring of social media, he prayed the House to urge the telecom service providers to initiate a takedown procedure that will enable a swift removal of any pornographic materials when notified by network users. He advised that this could be done by dedicating a hotline that will receive and treat complaints. The resolution passed on the motion by the House include:
• The Nigerian Communication Commission to create significant barriers to the misuse of mobile networks and services, phones and other devices used for the perpetration of such immoral contents. The House, however subscribed to the opinion of the mover of the motion that not censoring inappropriate and illicit material like pornography, sexual, and homosexual ones on platforms such as YouTube, Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter etc. is a threat to the moral values and decency of the Nigerian society.
Check out the tweets:
If you must know, India recently placed a ban on Pornographic content but was forced to reverse it thanks to the citizen’s outrage on Social media. I can just imagine the same thing happening in Nigeria.