Nigeria draws up bill to regulate internet companies

Nigeria has drawn up a draft plan to regulate internet companies such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, Google and TikTok. Twitter was blocked in Nigeria last June after it removed a post by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for violating the platform’s rules. After a lapse of six months, Nigeria lifted the blockade of Twitter. The two sides reached an agreement that included the establishment of a local legal entity in the first quarter, to pay taxes locally, and to work with the government to regulate content. Half a year later, Twitter has not yet fulfilled any of these conditions. Nonetheless, Nigeria is ready to extend these requirements to other Internet companies.

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