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Senate withdraws anti social-media bill

17 May 2016, 20:02

Abuja - The Nigerian Senate has withdrawn an anti social-media bill sponsored by Bala Ibn Na' Allah which was aimed at putting certain restrictions on users using social media platforms, Sun News Online reports.

Political commentators have criticised the bill, calling it an infringement on the freedom of expression.

Also read: Senate okays fuel price hike

The withdrawal of the bill came after a report by the upper chamber's Committee on Human Rights and Legal Matters submitted by David Omar earlier today.

The report stated that the bill was unlawful as it infringed upon the people of Nigeria's basic human rights.

Similar instances have taken place across the world in places such as Egypt and North Korea and China, where social media platforms such as Facebook are heavily monitored and restricted.

Petitioners also claimed that social media was an important tool in fighting corruption in Nigeria.

For more on this story, visit Sun News Online.

- News 24


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