Federal Government Asks Google To Restrict Proscribed Groups From Accessing YouTube

News - by RadioNow / Aug. 5th, 2022

In a bid to fight the recurring insurgency, the minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed, has asked tech-giant, Google, to restrict proscribed groups, such as IPOB, ISWAP and Boko Haram, from accessing social media platforms such as YouTube.  

 The minister made the request when he received a team from Google on Thursday in Abuja.    

He assured the team from Google that they share similar concerns on the responsible use of social media, adding that Nigeria has over 100 million internet users who are among the most vibrant in the world.  

He also spoke on the code of regulations recently unveiled by the federal government, adding that it is part of efforts to provide a framework for responsible use of social media platforms.   

Meanwhile, Charles Murito, Google regional director, Sub-Saharan Africa, government affairs and public policy, says the platform has introduced a programme called ‘Trusted Flaggers’ for citizens trained to track and engage with online contents in order to flag contents of serious concern.  

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