Ministerial Screening: Dalong Advocates Laws Gagging Social Media

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The ministerial nominee from Plateau State, Barrister Solomon Dalong has advocated for laws regulating the activities of social media users in Nigeria.

Dalong made this assertion while fielding questions from Senators at the ongoing screening of ministerial nominees by the Nigerian Senate on Wednesday.

According to the human rights crusader, social media should be regulated because it was too prone to abuse by individuals who were bent on defaming eminent personalities in the country.

He advocated for stiffer laws to monitor the activities of bloggers and social media users to forestall the cases of defamation of character that he said was being carried out on social media platforms on a daily basis, stressing that prominent individuals were not being protected enough by existing laws.

He urged prominent individuals who left defamed by any social media user or blogger to sue the person and refuse an out-of-court settlement if offered.

The former Local Government Chairman said that this will go a long way to act as a deterrent to others who may want to engage in damaging reputations that may have been built over a long period.

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