Information Minister charges Google to Block ‘Terrorist’ Groups on YouTube


The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, instructed Google to block terrorist organisations from YouTube.

A satement signed by his spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi, read:

“We want Google to look into how to tackle the use of private and unlisted YouTube channels and YouTube livestreams by proscribed groups and terrorist organizations.

“Channels and emails containing names of proscribed groups and their affiliates should not be allowed on Google platforms.”

Mohammed, who noted that Google is a platform of choice for IPOB, a proscribed terrorist group, urged Google to block IPOB from using its platform for its acts of violence and destabilization.

Mohammed said the Federal Nigerian Government recently proposed a “Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/ Internet Intermediaries” in an attempt to provide a framework for collaboratively protecting Nigerian users of Internet platforms.

“This code couldn’t have come at a better time, as the country prepares for general elections next year. We are committed to working with platforms like yours as well as the civil society, lawyers, media practitioners and other relevant stakeholders to ensure a responsible use of the Internet and to protect our people from the harmful effects of social media,” he said.

In responsevto this, Google Regional Dir.,Sub-Saharan Africa,Govt. Affairs and Public Policy, Mr. Charles Murito, said the platform has introduced a prog. called “Trusted Flaggers” for citizens trained to track and engage with online contents in order to flag contents of serious concern

“As I mentioned earlier, we share the same sentiments, we share the same goals and objectives and we do not want our platform to be used for ill purposes,” he said.

Adene affirmed that Google is ready to work with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to digitize the recently-repatriated artifacts in order to preserve and market them to a global audience through Google Arts and Culture.