Desmond Elliot wants to set the record straight on claims that lawmakers are working on a bill to regulate social media.
Twitter was sent into a frenzy after an unconfirmed report disclosed that the Lagos Assembly is trying to pass a social bill in order to downplay the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate.
The 46-year-old actor took to Instagram Monday shutting down the reports as “unfounded.”
“Please, I beg of you, I beg us. I beg everyone. This is not true, it is totally unfounded,” he began. “Aren’t we going through a lot already? It is not true, period. No State House of Assembly, not one, has the jurisdiction to even deliberate or pass any bill like this; it is not possible.”
While explaining that the bill can only be passed at the Federal level, the lawmaker representing Surulere Constituency 1 in the Lagos House of Assembly added, however, that “every member (lawmaker) has a right to say something.”
He equally explained that he only called on celebrities and social media influencers not to use their platforms to promote hate particularly now that the country is going through a lot.
“The only thing I said towards social media was to the celebrities, social influencers and motivational speakers,” he stated. “I said, ‘listen, you have followers. Please, can we cut down on the hate narrative?’ Everyone is going through so much right now!”
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