Nigeria is monitoring Facebook and other Meta Platforms Inc to make sure they comply with the requirements to reduce hate speech on their sites as it strengthens the campaign for the responsible use of social media, Information Minister Lai Mohammed said on Tuesday.

Mohammed’s comments came after a meeting with the Facebook team in the Nigerian capital Abuja.

He said Facebook had done nothing to curtail the activities of the separatist Indigenous Biafra (IPOB) group on their platform, despite several complaints.

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the IPOB, is on trial on charges of terrorism and false broadcasting.

On Wednesday, the judge will decide whether to release Kanu on bail.

Mohammed said the separatist group had been classified as a terrorist organization and that “Facebook has no excuse to cede its platform to the organization for a further campaign of hatred and destabilization of the country.”

Nigeria is facing separatist agitation that has sparked regional calls for a separation of powers between southern and northern Nigeria.

The country is also dealing with insecurity, banditry, kidnappings, weak currency amid double-digit inflation and slow growth.

Mohammed said the Facebook meeting was convened to discuss the growing use of social media platforms by separatists outside Nigeria to incite violence and ethnic hatred in the country in English and local.

He said the government does not intend to prevent Nigerians from using social networks, but advocates responsible use.

Nigeria lifted a six-month ban on Twitter in January after social media deleted a message from President Muhammadu Bukhara threatening to punish regional separatists.

Telecommunications companies have since blocked access to users in Nigeria.

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