Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has admitted that the Federal Government had the option of shutting down social media during the #EndSARS protests, but decided not to.
Dare revealed this while speaking on Channels Television’s programme Sunrise Daily on Monday.
According to him, the government did that to allow freedom of expression.
The Minister pointed out that other countries had taken certain measures to exercise some level of restraint over Internet usage, but Nigeria has not done so.
Dare, however, noted that the Internet and social media have tremendous benefits but fake news must be curtailed.
“There must be some level of responsibility and some level of punishment to those that create chaos out of mischief in our country.
“The fact that our youths used it to mobilise is commendable. But the talk about the regulation of the social media has been around for a while. We’ve seen other countries taking practical steps in that direction, this country has not done that.