The Nigerian federal government is suing Mark Zuckerberg for violating Nigerian law
The class action suit stems from what the regulator has called a breach of Nigeria’s censorship laws. The FG revealed that Meta advertises indiscriminately regardless of what the Nigerian government allows to advertise to its people and what not.
In a statement released by ARCON, the regulator noted: “ARCON is seeking a statement, among other things, that the continued publication and exposure of various advertisements aimed at the Nigerian market through the Facebook and Instagram platforms by Meta Platforms Incorporated without ensuring that they are checked and approved before exposure is illegal, illegal and a violation of the current advertising law in Nigeria.”
The regulator also disclosed that the Nigerian government lost a lot of revenue due to the unsystematic advertising of Meta Platform Incorporated. Interestingly, earlier this year in May, the Nigerian FG noted that it had a problem with Facebook., read the story here….
The Nigerian FG is demanding that the sum of N30 billion be paid as compensation for Meta’s failure to comply with the country’s censorship laws and the loss of revenue it caused the Nigerian government.
In an interview with Punch NG, ARCON Managing Director Olalekan Fadolapo pointed out that the decision to take legal action was the result of several failed attempts to negotiate with the tech giants.
He said: “ARCON has written to some online platform owners requesting a meeting to agree the regulatory framework and protocol for advertising on online platforms. Meta neither acknowledged nor attended the meeting. After a follow up call we received a promise that they would officially return which never came.
The Nigerian FG’s grievance with Meta is not the first time he has had a problem with a leading social media platform. From 2022 until today, the Buhari administration has decided to carry out a crusade against Twitter, even going so far as to demand that Jack Dorsey meet them in court and banning the use of Twitter in the country, which has cost the country 600 million dollars in revenue, read the story here…