The Minister of Data and Custom, Lai Mohammed says fake data on social media, if not tackled, may trigger good harm to the world.
“The combo of fake data using social media platforms has now change into most cancers that if the world would not take time, it ought to destroy the world,” the minister said all through an interview on Channels Television’s Info Night which aired on Monday.
Whereas noting that he has on a regular basis been on the forefront of the battle in the direction of fake data, the minister reiterated his stance that “the following battle might be introduced on by fake data,” calling for collaboration amongst stakeholders to type out the menace.
“If we do not take the issue of fake data, social media considerably will in all probability be at our private peril,” the 69-year-old earlier well-known.
He, nonetheless, dismissed fears that the Federal Authorities may must stifle the media by means of the regulation of social media, explaining that stakeholders have on a regular basis been carried alongside inside the nation’s quest to curb fake data.
“The federal authorities is organizing a high-powered committee to see how we’re capable of making social media additional accountable,” he said. “And I must say this clearly, nobody has the intention of stifling the media.”
He accused social media platforms of double necessities significantly all through the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests that rocked the West African nation in October 2020.
“It was fake data. Sadly, important players like Twitter and co had been supporting this,” he acknowledged.
The Minister’s comment comes on the heels of a kidnap that took place in a secondary college in Kagara, Niger State that led to the kidnapping of scores of students by gunmen.
No matter fears that the Federal Authorities is maybe pressured to pay a ransom to ensure the students are freed, the chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says there is not a plan to offer money in commerce for the kidnapped school college students