The federal government has ordered Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram to remove pornographic posts within 24 hours.
Any non-consensual content displaying partial or full nudity, sexual acts, deep fake, or revenge porn must be removed, deactivated, or barred from online interactive platforms such as Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok within 24 hours, according to the Federal Government.
This order was included in the recently issued Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries (online platforms).
These online platforms must “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, ere such content is targeted to harass, discredit, or intimidate an individual,” according to the document.
When a platform receives a complaint, it must confirm receipt and remove the content.
The Code of Practice also requires these platforms to remove any illegal content after receiving notification from a user or a government body.
Platforms were also encouraged to undertake due diligence in order to verify that no illegal content was uploaded to their platforms.
On Monday, the National Information Technology Development Agency released the Code of Practice.
NITDA collaborated with the Nigerian Communications Commission and the National Broadcasting Commission to create the Code of Practice, which included input from platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google, and Tik Tok.
Apart from requiring any online platform to have a country representative who would engage with Nigerian authorities, it also requires any platform with more than 100,000 Nigerian users to have an account with the Nigerian government.
Other requirements include registering as a legal organization with the Corporate Affairs Commission, meeting with tax duties, adhering to regulatory and legal requirements, and providing on-demand information about users, among others.
The Code of Practice is aimed at protecting fundamental human rights of Nigerians and non-Nigerians living in Nigeria, as well as regulating interactions on the internet platform, according to NITDA.