Although the Hate Speech bill couldn’t get past its first reading due to numerous controversies, the Senate today (November 20) read the Social Media bill for the second time.
Conveyed by Senator Mohammed Musa two weeks ago, the Social Media bill tagged ‘Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, 2019,’ aims to supervise the use of social media and stop the dissemination of fake news.
Despite many fingers pointing that the bill will impede freedom of speech in the country, it still got a second reading by the Senate.
The Senator representing Enugu West, Chimaroke Nnamani, had equally kicked against the bill saying that it is inconsequential considering the provisions of the Cyber Crimes Act.
According to Musa, the bill is to check the spread of false information on the internet and not restrict the rights of the media.
The Bill proposes a whooping N300,000 fine for individuals caught spreading fake news and N10 million fine to guilty corporate firms.
After the second briefing, the bill was passed by Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to the Senate Committee on Judiciary. The cabinet awaits a Feedback in four weeks.