NBC instructs social media platforms, online broadcasters to apply for licence

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By Wisdom Deji-Folutile

The National Broadcasting Commission has instructed all social media platforms and online broadcasting service providers operating in Nigeria to apply for a broadcast licence.

Armstrong Idachaba, the NBC Director-General, gave the directive in a newspaper advertorial published on Thursday.

This development comes after the Federal Government’s announcement that Twitter and other social media platforms must register as a Nigerian company to continue operating in the country.

Idachaba said in the advertorial that the NBC establishment code empowers the commission to ask the companies to be licensed.

The advertorial reads, “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).

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“Note that any online broadcast service provider that fails to obtain a licence will be considered an illegal entity.”

About a week ago, Twitter took down a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari after stating that the message violates its policy.

Shortly after the incident, the FG suspended the microblogging platform’s operations in Nigeria and directed NBC to commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in the country.

NBC also directed broadcast stations to stop using the platform, saying it “will be unpatriotic for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to patronise” the microblogging site.

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