Experts Advocate Social Media Control Over Insecurity, Fake News, Others

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Burdened with the burning passion to bring sanity to the media world, Penpushing media, the top news platform in Nigeria, has continued to advocate against fake news and the spread of disinformation.

The effort of the media organisation in the fight against falsehood and “Gudi Gudi” journalism was again expressed at the 4th anniversary lecture with the theme: “Social media regulations: insecurity and election accountability in Nigeria” at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library OOPL in Abeokuta, the state capital on July 21st, 2022.

Speaking at the event, Prince Dimeji-Kayode Adedeji, Founder of Penpushing Media, stated that in his cause to fight falsehood in the media, he discovered that the government of the day has a non-challant attitude towards social media control and its implications on elections.

Adedeji noted that the media, being the fourth estate of the realm, needs to always checkmate the government and correct where they lack.

“The insecurity and deregulation of social media is what is affecting society at large.” That is why we decided that there should be a way to checkmate government excesses or where they are lacking”.
Insecurity, deregulation, and social media are what are affecting society at large. He reiterated.

The founder and former southwest zonal secretary of NUJ stressed the need for young journalists to embrace truthfulness, saying that it is the only way to excel in journalism.

Adedeji posited that Penpshing media has made it a standard to fight against fake news and falsehood.

He boasted that fake news can not be found on Penpushing, hence the growth.

“If you are known for being truthful, people will rally around you and support you.”

“Truthfulness has been our standard at Penpushing media. You can’t find fake news on Penpushing and that’s what’s made us grow.”

He also disclosed that part of the efforts to curb fakery in journalism would be made by the Penpushing media organization to introduce a fact-checking platform to the media organization.

The Regional Director for West Africa at Ford Foundation, Dr. Chichi Aniagolu-Okoye, who was the keynote speaker at the event, explained that social media is a catalyst for the advancement of everyone’s rights.

She added that it’s where everyone is reminded that we’re all human and all equal. It’s where people can find and fight for a cause, global or local, popular or specialized, even when there are hundreds of miles between them.

Dr. Chichi stated in her presentation that there should be regulations on social media to the degree that it negatively affects the public good. We can’t have a willy-nilly proliferation of fake news. That’s crazy, “she stated.

It is time for governments to reign in on these interactive technologies that facilitate the creation and sharing of information, ideas, interests, and other forms of expression through “virtual communities and networks”.

“Information is actually what is required to be able to make a society function, so if the government is pro-active with information, I think that would help with electoral accountability.” Chichi emphasised.

She disclosed that Nigeria’s government has moved from being a promoter of internet access and social media in the early 2000s to becoming a major proponent of regulation.

Dr. Chichi explained that in the last few years, the government’s efforts have been directed towards how to effectively regulate and censor social media.

Disclosing that it In 2019, the Senate introduced a bill, the “Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill 2019,” more popularly known as the Anti-Social Media Bill, to criminalize the use of social media in peddling false or malicious information.

On Politics and Technology:

The Emir of Kaduna, Khalifa Tijaniyah, World Sanusi Lamido, commended the Federal government on the electoral act bill, adding that it has brought improvement to electioneering in Nigeria.

“We just had an election in Osun state and there was clearly an improvement in the electoral process compared to what we had in the past.”

“One of the important developments in Nigeria over the last 20 years has been the effect of excessive government to improve the electoral act and by politicians themselves to close up the avenue that they have used for rigging the election and selling the votes of the people. ” he said.

Presents at the event were; The Ooni of Ife represented by Oba Adebisi Layole; Former Governor of Ogun state Otunba Gbenga Daniel; National Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Odejobi, Chief Mrs. Obasanjo ;Professor Mrs. Ibidapo, and other dignitaries.


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