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The Nigerian Army to monitor hate speech on social media

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The Nigeria military will begin monitoring of hate speech in Nigeria claiming that the rate of hate speech is alarming and it jeopardising the unity of Nigeria. Other issues to be monitored by the military includes anti-government and anti-security information.

This is what Major-General John Enenche, the director of Defence information told Channels Television, at the news at 10, and also reported by Nigeria Communicationsweek.

The federal government has ordered military to start monitoring Nigerians on the social media to check hate speech, anti-government and anti-security information. Earlier, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, on his return from the UK said in his national broadcast about hate speech and such speech as left him distressed. The President also held meetings with service chiefs to set up security.
He said that the social media is a double-edge sword and we are always having a bit of it even well developed countries has to deal with this problem.

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He continues, “Imagine when the President came back and addressed the nation, not up to 30 minutes later, a fake speech of the Commander-In-Chief was being circulated in order to do what? To derail the people. If you are not very sharp and if you didn’t listen to the speech or you don’t have a copy of it like I had it almost immediately, you wouldn’t know. So, looking at it from that perspective, it is a challenge everywhere.”

“What are we doing? In the military, we are now taking on it more seriously than ever. We have our strategic media centres that monitor the social media to be able to sieve out and react to all the ones that will be anti-government, be anti-military, (and) be anti-security,”

“We tackle them appropriately with appropriate responses. Ahead of that, we are also proactive. We have measures in place, scientific measures to be able to sieve this information and also to get the public and let them know that some of this information they are getting is not genuine are not true and their objective is an anti-corporate existence of this country” he concluded.
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