The Federal Government has directed social media interactive platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and TikTok to remove, disable or block access to any non-consensual content, which parades partial or full nudity, sexual acts, deep fake or revenge porn within 24 hours of users posting.
The order was contained in the Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries (online platforms) recently released by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
According to the document, online platforms have to “act expeditiously to remove, disable, or block access to non-consensual content that exposes a person’s private areas, full or partial nudity, sexual act, or revenge porn, where such content is targeted to harass, disrepute, or intimidate an individual.”
“A platform must acknowledge the receipt of the complaint and take down the content within 24 hours,” it added
The Code of Practice also instructs these platforms to take down any unlawful content upon receiving a notice from a user or an authorised government agency.
The platforms have also been directed to exercise due diligence to ensure that no unlawful content is uploaded to their platform.
NITDA developed the Code of Practice alongside the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Broadcasting Commission, with input from platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google, and Tik Tok.
In the Code of Practice, the government asks each online platform to have a country representative who will interface with the Nigerian authorities. It also requires any platform with over 100,000 Nigerian users to have an office in Nigeria.
Other conditions include registering with the Corporate Affairs Commission as a legal entity, complying with tax obligations, abiding by regulatory and legal demands, and providing information about users on-demand, among others.