FG requests that Google remove prohibited groups.

FG requests that Google remove prohibited groups.

Google, a major internet firm, and the Federal Government are working together to reduce the number of subversive YouTube channels that propagate false information and hate speech against Nigeria. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, said this on Thursday in Abuja when a Google delegation paid him a courtesy visit.


He expressed his happiness that Google and the Federal Government both had the same concerns about using social media responsibly. "We want Google to investigate ways to address how banned groups and terrorist organizations exploit secret, unlisted YouTube channels and live streaming.


The minister stated that "Google platforms should not enable channels and emails including names of outlawed parties and their affiliates." The minister claimed that the Indigenous People of Biafra, which he called a terrorist organization outlawed, had chosen Google as their platform of choice.


Mohammed pleaded on the digital company to forbid IPOB from using its platform for its violent and destabilizing activities. With over 100 million Internet users, he claimed that Nigerians are some of the world's most active social media users.


Nigerians can socialize, share ideas, make a living, and take part in social and political matters thanks to internet platforms like Google, Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, and WhatsApp, he continued. However, the minister pointed out that dishonest individuals or organizations also exploit these platforms for harmful and subversive operations.


In an effort to establish a framework for cooperatively protecting Nigerian users of Internet platforms, Mohammed said that the Nigerian government has proposed a "Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries.


" As the nation gets ready for general elections next year, this code couldn't have come at a better time. To ensure responsible Internet use and safeguard our people from the negative consequences of social media, we are committed to collaborating with platforms like yours as well as the civil society, attorneys, media professionals, and other key stakeholders, he said.


Charles Murito, the Google Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Government Affairs, and Public Policy, announced that the platform has launched a program for citizens who have been trained to monitor and interact with online content in order to flag content of serious concern called "Trusted Flaggers.


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Fri, Aug 2022     5

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