Nigeria Asks Google To Block Groups Banned From YouTube

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FILE PHOTO – Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohammed speaks during a news conference on the protests in Abuja, Nigeria November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

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ABUJA, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Nigeria has asked Google (GOOGL.O) to block the use of YouTube channels and live streams by banned groups and terrorist organizations in the country, the minister said on Thursday. Information, Lai Mohammed.

Nigeria has been exploring ways to regulate the use of social media in the country, Africa’s most populous. The country is home to millions of internet users and platforms like YouTube, Twitter (TWTR.N), Facebook (META.O) and Tiktok are popular.

YouTube “channels and emails containing the names of banned groups and their affiliates should not be allowed on Google platforms,” ​​Mohammed told Google executives in Abuja, the country’s capital.

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Charles Murito, Google’s director of government affairs and public policy for sub-Saharan Africa, said in a statement that the company already had steps in place to address the concerns of the Nigerian government.

These measures include a system for trained users to report objectionable content, he added. “We share the same goals and objectives,” Murito said. “We don’t want our platform to be used for malicious purposes. »

The minister said the government was particularly concerned about the online activities of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB). The government has labeled the IPOB, a group campaigning for the secession of a region in southeastern Nigeria, a “terrorist organisation”.

YouTube’s concerns are part of a government effort, the minister said, to protect Nigerian internet users from the harmful effects of social media, particularly ahead of a presidential election next year.

Nigeria suspended Twitter in June 2021 and blocked access to users after the social media giant deleted a post from President Muhammadu Buhari threatening to punish regional secessionists.

The government lifted the Twitter ban six months later. read more

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Reporting by Felix Onuah and Camillus Eboh
Written by Chijioke Ohuocha. Edited by Paulo Prada.

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