EU halts advertising on X over ‘hate speech’

The European Union (EU)’s executive arm says it had informed its services to stop advertising on Elon Musk’s social media platform X, (formerly Twitter), after a surge in disinformation and hate speech. The Commission spokesman, Johannes Bahrke, who stated this yesterday, said: “We have seen an alarming increase in disinformation and hate speech on several social media platforms in recent weeks and X is certainly quite effected,” European. “We have therefore advised services to refrain from advertising, at this stage, on the concerned social media platforms, where we have concerns…

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FG budgets N336m to fight hate speech, others

The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has budgeted N336 million to campaign against hate speech and fake news. This is contained in the 2021 budget proposal presented to the National Assembly by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday. It reads in part, “ERGP9124023 Special enlightenment campaign on government policies and programmes; testimonial series to gauge the impact of government policies on the citizenry, advocacy against fake news, hate speech, farmers-herder clashes, banditry, rape etc. ongoing- N336,015,959.” The Federal Government has in recent times put in place…

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Broadcast Code: NPC should determine what amounts to hate speech – IBAN

The Board of the Independent Broadcasting Association of Nigeria (IBAN) said the Five Million Naira fine imposed on hate speech is excessive, as it is a creation of the now disputed amendments to the 6th broadcasting code. IBAN stated at an emergency board meeting on Monday 17th August, 2020 held to deliberate on the issue of the recent Five Million Naira fine imposed on one of its members (Nigeria Info FM) by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for allegedly promoting hate speech. In a statement signed by its Chairman, Guy…

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Why we increased hate speech fine to N5m – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said on Friday the Federal Government increased the fine for hate speech to deter people who willingly violate the provision in the broadcasting code to destabilise the country. The federal government had earlier in the week increased the fine for hate speech from N500, 000 to N5million and made several amendments to the broadcasting code. Mohammed stated this when he featured on a TVC live Programme, “This Morning,” in Abuja. He said: “What motivated the amendment was that when the fine was N500,000 we…

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FG raises hate speech fine from N500,000 to N5m

The Federal Government has launched the reviewed sixth Broadcasting Code of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who unveiled the document on Tuesday at an event in Lagos revealed that the government has raised the fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5 million.inflatable movie screen He explained that the code was reviewed in line with the directive of the President for an inquiry into the regulatory role of the NBC in the wake of the 2019 general elections. Mohammed noted that President…

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