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Next World war will be caused by fake news, if social media is not regulated – Lai Mohammed

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Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said his continuous agitation for social media clampdown in Nigeria is to prevent another global war.

Mr Mohammed, said this on Monday while defending his ministry’s 2022 budget before the house of representatives committee on information, national orientation.

The minister, said the platform is being used to spread fake news, adding that if allowed to continue, may lead to a global war.

He said, “With fake news today and misinformation — I have always said here that the next world war will be caused by fake news.”

While recounting the means of disseminating information decades ago, the minister explained that Nigerians had deserted the old means by embracing the “unseen enemy,” social media.

“Information is not what it used to be, 20 to 30 years ago if the state or federal government had a television or radio and probably a newspaper, that was what we needed,” he noted.

According to him, the Buhari regime will always be criticised if it refuses to take adequate measures to regulate social media content.

“The people today, they don’t read newspapers, they don’t watch television — it’s social media. And it is most expensive; the most unseen enemy, they are there every moment, and until we go to the same battlefield with them, there is nothing the government will do that will seem right,” he said.