Unregulated use of social media posing huge global challenge — Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says unregulated use of social media and other digital platforms poses enormous global challenges.

The minister reiterated this position at a session to welcome participants to the Global Media and Information Literacy Week held in Abuja.

The week-long event with the theme “Nurturing Trust: A Media and Information Literacy Imperative” is being attended by 193 UNESCO member countries physically and virtually.

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In addressing the global challenge, Mr Mohammed said there was an urgent need for every person to be equipped with the ability to evaluate and wisely use the information at their disposal critically. The minister, who has overtime called for the regulation of social media, said the event’s theme was apt and timely as the world and its leaders contend with the challenge of identifying what is true and what is false because of the use of media and information.

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Mr Mohammed said he was optimistic that with the opinions, suggestions and contributions of participants at the sessions and plenary at the week-long event, solutions would be proffered to the challenges. “Contributions and questions will all be geared toward finding the linkages to building trust among our societies and individuals through the use of media and Information literacy,” he said.

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