Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria, BON, has reiterated the need for collaboration with stakeholders and experts on social media, to achieve effective regulation in the country.
The Executive Secretary of BON, Oluwayemisi Bamgbose, disclosed this in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday.
He said that anything that is not regulated could culminate to abuse and misuse, adding that the level of regulation is what should be discussed extensively.
Mr Bamgbose said: “There is nothing wrong if the social media would be regulated, but before the regulation, there is a need for government to bring stakeholders and professionals/experts together and discuss how to go about it.
“But if some people would just sit somewhere and say we want to regulate social media in such a way that they are just reacting to the situation, then it cannot work.
“Bring practitioners, professionals, bloggers, broadcasters, Journalists and experts together, let us study and discuss the positive and negative sides and agree on how to go about the regulation.
“When such is done, it would be to the satisfaction of every segment, but if you, alone, that doesn’t have experience want to do it, then it is likely you will do it in such a way that will be repressive,’’ he added.
According to the executive secretary, social media has become so entrenched that all public and private agencies and organisations including the presidency have social media handles.
He explained that a lot of young Nigerians were using social media for their legitimate business to attract a global audience.
Mr Bamgbose further explained that technology including social media rules the world, but misuse and abuse should not be tolerated
“It is a new media that has changed for good, the face information, communication and technology in the world. However, effective regulation devoid of intimidation and repressive tendencies should be the hallmark of regulators.”