The National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria has issued a notification requesting social media operations and platforms to register or be outlawed.
This was contained in a newspaper advertorial signed by the NBC Director-General, Armstrong Idachaba.
According to the NBC, all social media platforms and online broadcasting service providers in Nigeria are to apply for its broadcast licence.
It warned that any online broadcast service provider that failed to obtain a licence would be considered an illegal entity.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok and others are affected by the notice.
The application is in line with the provision of the National Broadcasting Act CAP N11, Laws of the Federation 2004, section 2(1)(b), it maintained.
“The commission shall have responsibility of receiving, processing and considering applications for the establishment, ownership or operation of radio and television stations including cable television services, direct satellite broadcast, and any medium of broadcasting.
“The National Broadcasting Commission hereby directs every online broadcast service provider and social media platforms operating within the Nigerian state to apply and obtain broadcast licence for their service(s),” the announcement read in part.
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