Senate Holds Public Hearing on Social Media Bill
By Uzo Hope
The Senate is to hold a public hearing on the Social Media Bill on Monday.
The bill, entitled “Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill,” passed second reading in January before being referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Legal Matters headed by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.
The Anti-Social Media Bill, sponsored by Senator Musa Sani from Niger State was introduced at the Senate last November and has been recorded to be bashed by various groups and bodies.
Meanwhile, the Senate will also on Tuesday, debate a critical bill, sponsored by Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, seeking to amend the Companies and Allied Matters Act (Chapter C20) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan says the bill would strengthen the country’s economy by giving a boost to the business sector in Nigeria.
He adds that the Nigerian business landscape will be reorganized and liberated upon the bill’s approval.
Recall the Anti-Social Media Bill was introduced by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 5 November 2019 to criminalise the use of the social media in peddling false or malicious information.