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Block IPOB from using your platform the FG instructs Google


Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, urged Google to bar Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members from using its website on Thursday.

When a Google team visited him yesterday in Abuja, he said the “proscribed terrorist group” was exploiting the platform for its violent deeds and destabilizing activities.

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“We want Google to investigate ways to address the use of private and unlisted YouTube channels and YouTube livestreams by prohibited parties and terrorist organizations,” he said. On Google platforms, channels and emails bearing the names of prohibited organizations and their associates shouldn’t be permitted, he said.

With over 100 million internet users, Mohammed said that Nigerians were among the world’s most active social media users.

However, he claimed that shady individuals or organizations also used those venues for malevolent and subversive operations.

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In order to create a framework for cooperatively protecting Nigerian users of internet platforms, the minister mentioned that the government has suggested a Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries.

Charles Murito, Google’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Government Affairs and Public Policy, announced that the platform had launched a program for citizens trained to monitor and interact with online information in order to identify contents of severe concern dubbed “Trusted Flaggers.”

Adewolu Adene, Google’s Government Affairs and Public Policy Manager, announced that through the Google News Initiative Challenge, 30 media platforms, including the fact-checking platform Dubawa and five from Nigeria, would each receive a $3.2 million grant in appreciation for their creative work in information dissemination.

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He declared that Google would collaborate with the Ministry of Information and Culture to digitally preserve and promote the freshly repatriated antiquities to a worldwide audience through Google Arts and Culture.


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