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Watch Your Mouth, Facebook: Nigeria

Nigerian Information Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed is pressing Facebook and its other social media platforms to spot and stop hate speech.

Nigeria's Information Minister Lai Mohammed said on Tuesday that said Facebook had done nothing to curtail the activities of the separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on their platform despite several complaints..

Mohammed said the separatist group has been classified as a terrorist organization and that "Facebook has no justification for yielding its platform to the organization to further its campaign of hate and destabilization of the country."

Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB's leader, is standing trial on charges that include terrorism and broadcasting falsehoods. Wednesday, he was denied bail.

Mohammed said the Facebook meeting was called to discuss the increasing use of the social media platform by separatists based outside Nigeria to instigate violence and ethnic hatred in the country in English and local language.

Nigeria lifted a six-months ban on Twitter in January after the social media company removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists. Telecoms companies subsequently blocked access to users in Nigeria

The Information Minister said the government has no intention of preventing Nigerians from using social media but is advocating what it terms "responsible use."