Despite the fact that Nigerians rejected the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill also known as the Social Media bill, it was gathered that the bill has passed second reading in the senate.
The social media bill sponsored by Senator Sani Musa, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Niger East Senatorial District, passed second reading on Wednesday.
For sometime Nigerians have been opposing the bill which they believe infringes on their right to freedom of speech and expression.
Reacting to this, the lawmaker said the bill does not seek to gag press freedom, rather it will regulate the use of social media in Nigeria and curb the spread of fake news on the internet.
He added that he is a believer of the “freedom of expression or freedom of speech.”
The bill which was supported by other lawmakers was opposed by Senator Chimaroke Nnamani.
He asserted that the Cyber Crimes Act legislation will be able to address internet falsehood.