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    Wednesday, 30 August 2017

    ‘Why We Are Monitoring Social Media’ – Military





    The Director Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, has defended the military’s decision to carry out social media surveillance, saying it is necessary for the military to get vital information that will aid its activities.

    Enenche spoke about the controversial surveillance during an appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast programme Sunrise Daily on Wednesday morning, a weeks after he said that the military is monitoring the activities of Nigerians on the social media, sparking outrage.

    When asked if it is part of the military’s role to carry out such a surveillance, Enenche said the objective is not to curtail freedom of expression but to aid the military with planning.

    Despite the outrage the military has no plans of stopping the surveillance.

    “We are monitoring the social media to sieve out information to help us in our planning. In the military we cannot arrest anybody for that, we cannot. Surveillance is observing, getting information. That is what we are doing so that we can be proactive. So that we can get information,” Enenche said.

    ‘We Are Now Monitoring Social Media For Anti-Government, Anti-Military Information’ – Military

    “We are monitoring the social media to help sieve out information, the one that will be anti-government, anti-military, anti-government. Surveillance is part of our job and we will keep doing it.”

    He added that the social media is a platform where people can communicate freely and the military is only using the platform to gather useful information.

    “The Social Media is a platform where people communicate with themselves, a platform where anybody can join and you can get information. Surveillance is observing, that is what we are doing so that we can be active.”




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