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ABUJA, June 14 (Reuters) – On-line platforms like Twitter TWTR.N, Fb META.O and Tiktok might be required to register and open workplaces in Nigeria and appoint contact individuals with the federal government, draft laws from the data expertise improvement company present.

The code of observe for “interactive laptop service platforms/web intermediaries” was meant to curb on-line abuse, together with disinformation and misinformation, the Nationwide Info Expertise Growth Company (NITDA) mentioned within the laws posted on its web site.

An announcement from the company’s spokesperson dated June 13 mentioned the laws have been developed with enter from Twitter, Fb, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google GOOGL.O and TikTok, amongst others.

The platforms are fashionable in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation with greater than 200 million folks.

NIDTA mentioned the platforms can be required to offer to customers or authorised authorities companies related data, together with for purposing of preserving safety and public order.

They might additionally need to file annual stories to NITDA with the variety of registered customers in Nigeria, variety of complaints acquired and content material taken down resulting from disinformation and misinformation.

Nigeria earlier this yr lifted a ban on Twitter saying the US based mostly firm had agreed to arrange a neighborhood workplace amongst different agreements with authorities. Learn full story

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