It's high time the law did something to curb trolling and cyber bullying in the country.
Since it's creation, the Internet has become the hub for unfiltered thoughts to be expressed, and with the advent of social media these expressions can be read or watched by millions of the planet. With liberty comes responsibility and while the Internet has helped achieved many things in terms of freedom, human rights and democracy it has also birthed hate speech, Cyber bullying and trolling.
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Hardly a week goes by without a celebrity lashing out a troll in his or her comments. Sometimes it gets pretty ugly with threats being made. With a prevalent cyber bullying and trolling culture on social media these days, some people are advocating that trolls and bullies should be prosecuted when anti-trolling and cyber bullying laws are made.
In Nigeria, celebrities are easy targets for trolls and cyber bullies, who say mean and hateful things about them online. Back in April, singer Niyola was a target of an Internet troll. After the singer shared a lovely photo of herself on Instagram a troll dropped this nasty comment "Many Saturdays don pass n u never marry Oluwa provide You a Groom." This is really a nasty thing to say. There are a lot of Nigerian celebrities that go through this daily. Should something be done about trolls and people who make hateful comments?
Pop star Davido who has had his fair share of troll battles believes so. "Fuck that shit nigga! They should pass that fucking social media bill because niggas have been talking shot Just wake up type shit. I don't understand" he tweeted in his usual brash manner back in December of 2015.
The narrative of 'just ignore' trolls seems to be shifting. On Wednesday, May 11, 2016 a University of Lagos undergraduate was arrested by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for sharing a derogatory photo of the Deputy Dean of the Students Affairs Division Dr. Karo Ogbinaka.
A more popular example is Wizkid. Last month the pop star was invited by the NPF for his nasty comments towards popular blogger Linda Ikeji. The blogger reported Wizkid to the police because of an alleged threat on her life made by Wizkid in one of his comments.
The Internet might just be too wild and free. It might need a bit of curbing here and there. Yesterday (Thursday, May 12, 2016) female rapper Azealia Banks had her Twitter account suspended after she tweeted racial slurs at pop singer Zayn Malik. The awareness is beginning to rise that hateful and racial statements will not be tolerated on the Internet. Before laws are created to curb Internet hate, trolling and cyber bullying apps and sites should be pro-active by deleting erring users. This would help curb hate online.
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