Broadcast Regulation

Nigerian Regulator Tells Broadcasters To Stop Advertising Their Twitter Handles!

Following the Nigerian Government's announcement of the suspension of Twitter on Friday, 4 June 2021, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has now ordered all conventional broadcast stations to stop advertising on Twitter immediately.

The commission compels broadcasters to be "mindful of materials that may promote disaffection, provoke panic, or rift in the society from the usage of user-generated content (UGC)," according to Section 5.6.3 of the NBC code. "Broadcasting stations are as a result of this urged to de-install Twitter handles and refrain from using Twitter as a UGC source of information collecting for news and programme presentation, notably phone-in," according to the statement headed "Suspend Twitter Handles." NBC has said in a statement that "any broadcaster continuing to use the suspended Twitter as a source of information would be unpatriotic, and that rigorous compliance is required."

The Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), the country's leading telecommunication industry body, released a statement on Friday, 4 June, informing the platform users that Twitter apps and websites were now inaccessible to major mobile carriers in the country. "Members behaved per the Nigerian Communications Commission's directives."

According to Thecableindex, research published in 2019 by NOIPolls, Nigeria has over 154 million internet users, with 20 per cent of the population using the Twitter platform. These statistics demonstrate how essential the social media platform is to Nigerians.

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