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New and emerging internet policy and online speech regulation
Reports in Nigeria suggest that, after failing to do so in 2019, the government is preparing to take another stab at regulating social media companies with a presence in the country. According to TechCabal, a new bill was introduced in the National Assembly which will repeal and reenact the National Broadcasting Commission Act; this will force platforms to register to operate in the country as well as giving the government a veto on content. It had previously shared a draft code of practice in June 2022 (EiM #163).
Nigeria has long had a fractious relationship with social media platforms, particularly Twitter/X, which it banned in 2020 (EiM #143). President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, voted into power in May this year, is seemingly not a fan of them either.