The Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria has constituted a suit against Meta Platforms Incorporated which is the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp platforms and its agent – AT3 Resources Limited – at the Federal High Court, Abuja Judicial Division.
This had also been disclosed in a statement which had been put out by the highest regulatory body for Nigeria’s advertising, ARCON.
ARCON had also argued that the Meta Platforms Incorporated has continued to expose the Federal Government to loss of revenue adverts.
It is seeking N30bn in sanction for the violation of the advertising laws and for loss of revenue.
The statement read in part, “ARCON reiterates that it would not permit unethical and irresponsible advertising on Nigeria’s advertising space.”
In another report, Meta on Tuesday asserted that it had derailed a campaign out of China to influence upcoming US elections by appearing as people in the United States taking sides on ‘hot button’ issues.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that this was the first Chinese network Meta has led to disruptions that focused on US politics ahead of crucial midterm elections in November, global threat intelligence lead Ben Nimmo said during a press briefing.
‘The operation was small, but it is a significant change,’ Nimmo confirmed.
‘Which is why it’s important to stay on high alert.’
Meta declared it was unable to determine whether the Chinese government was linked to the campaign, only that it originated in China.
The campaign used fake accounts at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, posting on both sides of politically divisive topics such as abortion and gun control, Meta said in a report.
“It looks like they were using hot button issues in the US as a window into a discourse on politics, pretending to be Americans,” Nimmo said.
The China-based network also targeted Czech internet users with criticism of their government’s support for Ukraine and its policy toward China and more generally attempted to spread information on geopolitical issues critical of the United States.