FG orders Facebook, Twitter, Others To Appoint Country Reps in New Code of Practice

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has directed interactive computer service platforms and internet intermediaries such as Facebook, Twitter among others to appoint country representatives as part of conditions to fulfill while operating in the country.

This was disclosed on Monday in a recently released Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries (online platforms).

The statement read in part, “NITDA wishes to present to the public a Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries for future review and input.”

“The Code of Practice was developed by NITDA alongside the Nigerian Communications Commission and National Broadcasting Commission,with input from platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google, and Tik Tok.

“One of such conditions in the Code of Practice is that each online platform is required to have a country representative, who will interface with the Nigerian authorities.

“This means that Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google, Tik Tok and other interactive online platforms are required to have country representatives.

“Other conditions include registering with the Corporate Affairs Commission as a legal entity, complying with tax obligations, and abide by regulatory and legal demands.

“The Code of Practice is aimed at safeguarding the fundamental human rights of Nigerians and non-Nigerians living in Nigeria, and regulating interactions on online platforms.

The Federal Government in June last year suspended the operations of the microblogging platform, Twitter for aiding contents by users on its platform that could undermine the peace of the country.

The suspension was however lifted in January 13, 2022 after an agreement was reached by both parties.

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