The minister of Information Lai Mohammed has shared that the federal government has plans to regulate Netflix and other streaming services because they can be used to “cause chaos” and undermine Nigeria’s democratic processes.
At a two-day conference, the government and industry stakeholders discussed “the implication of Nigeria censorship laws and regulatory framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) streaming services and content providers in Nigeria.” Speaking, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the popularity and demand of streaming services in Nigeria increased with the COVID-19 pandemic, “hence its regulation.”
The minister was represented by the Director, Information, and Technology in the ministry, Comfort Ajiboye, reiterated that social media and streaming services can be used “to cause chaos and undermine democratic processes.” The conference was organized by the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) on Wednesday in Lagos, along with practitioners and stakeholders in the entertainment and creative industry.
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