We’re not responsible for monitoring social media – NCC
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said it is not the regulator of the contents of social media.
The submission came during a recent visit of the National Civil Society Council of Nigeria (NCSCN), led by its Executive Secretary, Blessing Akinsolotu, who sought the intervention of the commission on the worrisome and misleading content of social media platforms.
“We know that NCC, as the regulator of the telecoms industry, has a greater role to play in helping to curb the spread of fake news and incendiary content that Internet users put on social media platforms. Therefore, we want NCC to partner with us in this regard,” he stated.
Akinlosotu said the situation demands the immediate intervention of key stakeholders to ensure that the content of social media and the Internet are credible and enhances national social cohesion.
NCC Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Reuben Muoka, who received the group on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, informed the organisation that the Commission’s mandate does not extend to controlling the content of such media platforms.
According to Muoka, the major role of the telecom regulator is to facilitate the deployment of telecom infrastructure that provides different types of telecommunications services, including improving broadband that enhances robust Internet experience and ensuring fair competition as well as the protection of telecom consumers.
Muoka said the mandate includes making services available, accessible, and affordable for Nigerians who may leverage such access to engage in digital social mediation for the benefit of the individual, businesses, and the nation’s socio-economic growth.
In the performance of its functions, Muoka said the NCC promotes collaboration and partnerships with different stakeholders such as NCSCN, in creating awareness and promoting access to different categories of consumers in the country. He said the commission looks forward to furthering collaboration with NCSCN in its efforts to align with the aspirations of users of telecommunications services across the country.
The NCSCN, a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, commended NCC for its people-oriented and consumer-centric regulatory activities.
The council also seeks collaboration with NCC to spread messages of the commission’s consumer enlightenment programmes to Nigerians at the grassroots through its over 100-member Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
Akinlosotu also invited the NCC to partner with the NCSCN in hosting a conference aimed at tackling the seemingly intractable diffusion of fake news, particularly on social media networks.