Anger is mounting in Nigeria over the prospect of a Chinese-style social media bill that would regulate speech on the Internet. Activists turned to Twitter to vent their frustration over the bill and last week’s comments by First Lady Aisha Buhari who suggested that if China can effectively control a population in excess of a billion people then it shouldn’t be a problem for Nigeria to do the same with just 180 million people.
If passed, the law would, in fact, emulate some of China’s online content controls by prohibiting any comments that are deemed “likely to be prejudicial to national security” and “those which may diminish public confidence” in the government.
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