Lai Mohammed, minister of information, says the federal government has no plan to shut down social media in the country.
Mohammed said this on Thursday during a press conference on the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests.
The minister said the spread of fake news through social media catalysed the outbreak of violence across the country.
He said despite the negative effect social media had on the outcome of the protests, the government nursed no plan to shut it down.
Sunday Dare, minister of youth, had said the government had the option of shutting down social media during the #EndSARS protests but chose not to do so because it is “committed to the rights of every citizen”.
Mohammed earlier warned that if left unregulated, social media would destroy the country.
Many Nigerians have kicked against the planned regulation of social media.
A bill to effect the regulation has already scaled second reading at the senate.
But Mohammed said the government will go ahead to regulate social media.
“Keen watchers of the developments cannot fail to notice the role played by the social media in the EndSARS protest. As a veritable tool for mass mobilization, the organizers of the protest of course leveraged heavily on social media for that purpose. But on the other hand, the same social media was used to spread fake news and disinformation that catalyzed the violence that was witnessed across the country,” he said.