The Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, has emphasized the need for the regulation of social media, labeling it a “societal menace.”
Speaking at the launch of a book by Babatunde Fashola, the former minister of works, Gbajabiamila highlighted the importance of accurate information in policy formulation and national development.
Gbajabiamila stressed the necessity of regulating the framework of news dissemination on social media to combat misinformation and its potentially destructive consequences.
He stated that no developing nation can succeed without well-informed data.
His statement reads;
“The social media has become a societal menace and must be regulated.
“As many people do not understand that once the send button is hit, there is a potential to reach millions of people around the world which is capable of causing a great danger not just in the society but even unintended consequences to the individuals that are receiving information which may include security of life.
“As citizens become more interested in governance, it is the government’s obligation to ensure that engagement with citizens springs with shared agreement on what the truth is, what is real and what is not,” he said.