The Executive Director of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Adedayo Thomas advised youths against sharing hate speeches, photos and inciting videos on social media platforms.
He gave the advice while delivering a speech at the “Safer Internet Month” workshop organised by the board for youths in Benue from February 11th to 12 at the Benue State University, Makurdi.
According to Thomas, there is urgent need to caution young Nigerians against the dangers of generating and sharing fake news and provocative motion pictures for the interest of national peace and unity. He noted that many crisis in some parts of the country were escalated as a result of fake news, hate speeches and videos spread on social media.
He added that “it is no longer news that digital technology has taken over the world, therefore, we must urge our young people to shun materials that can threaten national peace and co-existence.
“The conference is borne out of the need for NFVCB, both as an industry and a decision maker to build the capacity of youths who are mostly the users of the internet. We want them to promote positive contents and avoid sharing hate speeches on whatsApp, Fabook, twitter and other social media platforms, especially during and after the 2019 general elections.
“We all have a responsibility to ensure that the internet is not used to promote what divide us, because our nation cannot develop in the absence of tolerance and unity.”
The executive director noted that the trend of people receiving and forwarding hate speeches and harmful contents without verifying the authenticity was on the increase. He added that since the spread of news on social media could not be restricted, there was need for people to be educated on the implication of such news on society before spreading them.