We Now Monitor Social Media For Anti-Government And Anti-Military Information – Military
Nigerians are now being monitored on social media for hate speech, anti-government and anti-military information as the Director of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche, revealed on Channels Television News at 10, hours after President Buhari met with service chiefs and ordered them to strengthen their operations.
He said that the social media is a challenge all over the world, and for the military, it isn’t any different.
“It is a double-edged sword and we are also having a bit of it”, he stated.
“Imagine when the President came back and addressed the nation, not up to 30 minutes later, a fake speech of the Commander-In-Chief was being circulated in order to do what? To derail the people. If you are not very sharp and if you didn’t listen to the speech or you don’t have a copy of it like I had it almost immediately, you wouldn’t know. So, looking at it from that perspective, it is a challenge everywhere.”
Having perceived the possibility of social media being used as an avenue for propagating hate speech and false news, he informed that steps are being taken to address the issue.
“What are we doing? In the military, we are now taking on it more seriously than ever. We have our strategic media centres that monitor the social media to be able to sieve out and react to all the ones that will be anti-government, be anti-military, (and) be anti-security”, the major general continued.
“We tackle them appropriately with appropriate responses. Ahead of that, we are also proactive. We have measures in place, scientific measures to be able to sieve this information and also to get the public and let them know that some of this information they are getting is not genuine are not true and their objective is an anti-corporate existence of this country”.
“We are aware that this is a challenge but we are living up to the challenges, facing them squarely and tackling them appropriately”, he assured.
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