Online platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Tiktok will be required to register and open offices in Nigeria and appoint government contact persons, technology development agency draft regulations information.

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The platforms are popular in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa with over 200 million people.

Code of Practice for ‘Internet Intermediate/Interactive Computer Service Platforms’ Aims to Combat Online Abuse, Including Disinformation and Misinformation, Says National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) ) in the regulations published on its website.

A June 13 statement from the agency’s spokesperson said the regulations were developed with input from Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google and TikTok, among others.

Security and public order

NIDTA said the platforms would be required to provide users or authorized government agencies with relevant information, including for the purpose of maintaining security and public order.

They should also file annual reports with NITDA with the number of registered users in Nigeria, number of complaints received and content removed due to misinformation and misinformation.

Earlier this year, Nigeria lifted a ban on Twitter, saying the US-based company had agreed to set up a local office among other deals with authorities.

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