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A group, Bethphage LLC, has begun a campaign against the prevalence of online hate speech in Nigeria.

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To this effect, the group is set to convene in Lagos State, to examine the manifestations of online hate speech in Nigeria and proffer solutions to help stem its spread.

Tagged “Online Hate Speech: Can Social Media Reduce its Spread?” the event is set to take place during Lagos Social Media Week, 2017 on Tuesday, February 28 at Ibis Hotel, Ikeja, by 10am.

The event will feature panelists including cyber security expert Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola, APC National Publicity Secretary Bolaji Abdullahi, and thought leaders in the field of communications such as Ngozi Ife Anene and Obianuju Ndaguba.

The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter “Wordsmith” Eigbedion observed that, “Hate speech is becoming rampant in the Nigerian sociopolitical environment, and this is very obvious on the Internet. In a country already divided along ethnic and political lines, politics and the economic recession that Nigeria is currently in has allowed many citizens to become aggressively intolerant of each other online. The discourse at our event will hopefully initiate a series of events that will make for a peaceful society.”

Bethphage LLC is calling members of the public to join this event, especially civil society groups, policy makers, the diplomatic community, bloggers and online journalists, telecommunications companies and internet service providers, victims and targets of cyber bullying and other forms of hate speech, millennials and basically anyone who has a social media account.

The event is supported by the Cybersecurity Advisers Network (CYAN), Ibis Hotels, Ikeja, Lagos, and KenTucker Photography. Media partners are Accelerate TV, MyPassionMyLife media, Greennews.ng, Uhuru Times, Street Toolz, Total Woman, Techpoint.ng and YNaija.

To learn more, please visit www.facebook.com/BethphageLLC

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