Twitter and Instagram, the United States-based social networking sites, have defied the order given by the Nigerian government to delete porn posts within 24 hours, findings have revealed.
Recall that the Nigerian Government on June 13 had issued a code of practice for all online platforms operating in Nigeria including social media interactive platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and TikTok.
The federal government ordered them to remove, disable or block access to any non-consensual content, which parades partial or full n*dity, sexual acts, deep fake or revenge porn within 24 hours of user’s posting.
The order was contained in the recently released Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries (online platforms).
According to the document, these online platforms have to “act expeditiously to remove, disable, or block access to non-consensual content that exposes a person’s private areas, full or partial n*dity, s*xual act, or revenge porn, where such content is targeted to harass, disrepute, or intimidate an individual.
“A platform must acknowledge the receipt of the complaint and take down the content within 24 hours.”
The Code of Practice also instructs these platforms to take down any unlawful content upon receiving a notice from a user, or an authorised government agency.
However, investigations revealed that six days (144 hours) after this directive, porn content can still be accessed on both Twitter and Instagram by Nigerian users.
Many Twitter users in Nigeria still have posts that involve n*dity.
Many of such posts were found to be subsisting despite the anti-porn post directive given by the Nigerian government.
Similarly, findings showed that Nigerian users can still access porn content on Instagram also but the newspaper chose not to post the links in order not to encourage pornography.