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Gistlover weblog and the social media menace  | The Guardian Nigeria Information

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One of many biggest revolutions of the later a part of the twentieth century was the evolution of the Web which vastly democratised the unfold of knowledge. The early a part of the twenty first century noticed the rise of social media which dislodged the normal media within the latter’s age-long information gathering and dissemination of knowledge that it had executed for hundreds of years. It made nearly anybody with a smartphone and Web information a journalist.

The Web is usually a veritable device for positivity, innovation and wholesome residing however in it has a poisoned chalice: the tendency for ignoble abuse. Aside from the various advantages of the Web and the social media, many Nigerians, because of the cruel financial conditions, discover succor on the Web, particularly as they throw banters with different customers, hearken to information, and develop into availed with info, starting from present affairs, sports activities and most particularly gossips.

Nigerian’s thirst for gossip on the Web gave rise to a litany of gossip blogs each on the mainstream net pages and the related social media apps like Instagram and Fb. Gossip blogs grew to become a goldmine. The likes of Linda Ikeji, Stella Dimorkorkus, Instablog made their fortune from gossip information, as they litter the social media webspace with by no means before-seen information of public figures, politicians, music and TV stars amongst others.

Conjectures, insinuations are packaged for the ever-ready readers who’ve made gossip information a each day tonic. Whereas a few of the insinuations being churned out find yourself being true or partly true, a big chunk of those assertions get to be unproven until date, with nobody batting an eyelid. Or let me say a few of the accused merely don’t need to waste their time to defend or sue the bloggers as that will be akin to wrestling within the soiled mud. Whichever means it seems, the story would get some type of legitimacy nonetheless false it could be as no motion was taken.

There’s a legislation of propaganda usually attributed to the Nazi Minister for Data and Locus Classicus in Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels which says, “Repeat a lie usually sufficient and it turns into the reality.” Whereas not disproving the occasions the tales of those blogs get to be true, in lots of circumstances the intention of those gossips are removed from noble. The notorious Wizkid vs Linda Ikeji brouhaha years again can’t be forgotten in a rush.

Gistlovers weblog, also referred to as ‘Wawulence Headquarters’ is a social media platform that makes use of Instagram as its main net platform. It has over time develop into fashionable with high-profile gist, conjectures and gossips of extremely positioned celebrities and public figures.

The Instagram weblog has reported tales of many public figures, and is famed for the phrase ‘I are available peace’ whereas doling out poisonous vituperations of individuals’s private lives. The weblog seeks to intrude into the inside chambers of well-known personalities, revealing to the general public leaked info, within the course of intruding their privateness. Whereas a few of the revelations will not be unlawful actions by the stated personalities, the weblog has assumed to itself the ethical compass to adjudge private human actions.

From the 2Face,Annie Idibia’s spat to the RudeBoy vs Anita Okoye household points, the weblog has widened the gulf on the subject of household and home conflicts, opting to ‘pour extra gas’ into the fireplace in circumstances that may be mended. The Prince Kpokpogri voice be aware leak, the  Tonto Dikeh-Janemena intercourse tape deadlock are lots of the points that made the weblog very well-known, and naturally for the poisonous causes.

Singer Tiwa Savage had in an interview asserted {that a} blackmailer is in possession of a non-public intercourse tape she had along with her lover and posited she received’t accede to the financial calls for of the blackmailer; she additional dared the blackmailer to launch the tape as she received’t bulge to the whims and caprices of the stated blackmailer. Weeks after the declare, a lower than 10 seconds recorded intercourse video of the singer flooded the Web, eliciting tones of reactions and it was a messy week for the ‘Eminado’ crooner.

Tiwa Savage took full duty for the video and known as out Gistlover over the incident, with the latter gloating over the incident. The ‘any individual son’ singer knowledgeable the general public that Gistlover is her blackmailer and went on a put up rant on how a lot the weblog hates her. She moreover went forward to tell the general public how she had modified the narrative.

In response to the ex spouse of Teebillz, Gistlover was not pleased with how she reacted to the entire saga regarding her leaked video with the blogger threatening to beat her wherever they met in public. Taking to her Instastory, she known as out Gistlover and that could be one of many causes Instagram deleted Gistlovers account.

She wrote: ‘‘You hated how I used to be capable of management the narrative and get forward of a narrative earlier than it consumed me and the way I’m capable of joke on stage about one thing you thought ought to destroy me and make me really feel ashamed. “You need to knock my head once you see me in any other case… Gistloversblog africa With my full chest.’

From Tiwa Savage’s put up, it could possibly be deduced that Gistlover had threatened to leak the tape to the general public because of her ‘Eko on Present’ efficiency and could possibly be a serious wrongdoer because the tape later discovered its technique to the Web.

From Gistlover’s Instagram posts, the weblog had many occasions threatened to launch leaked voice notes, and nude movies of recognized figures and within the wake of twerker, Jane Mena alleged intercourse tape on the Web, the blogger had claimed the video on the Web is pretend and never that of Jane Mena, whereas additional promising its teeming followers to launch the unique video if Jane Mena will not be cautious, which the weblog claimed is in its possession.

The actions of Gistlover haven’t solely crossed the road of decency, it has run afoul of the extant legal guidelines of the land. The weblog by its actions is responsible of blackmail and privateness intrusion which is a criminal offense beneath the constitutions. The Weblog by its personal posts has proven that it might probably threaten others (as within the case of Jane Mena) to keep up sure etiquettes or it will expose the non-public doings of the particular person. There’s absolutely a legislation about privateness safety.

Gistlover and another gossip blogs, regardless of entertaining its teeming followers with each day dose of gossip gist are poisonous hirelings that shouldn’t be allowed to carry sway in a society backed by legislation. The safety companies ought to as a matter of urgency through intelligence channels hint the proprietor behind that poisonous instagram account, unmask him/her and prosecute the particular person for blackmail, privateness intrusion and extortion. Related actions ought to be expanded to different poisonous blogs.

The motion of Gistlover is what has made some media stakeholders name for stricter regulation of social media in order that it doesn’t burn down the nation, destroy relationships irreparably amongst different bitter tablets. Some regulation apologists have suggested the federal government to undertake the China mannequin in regulating social media. Whereas this author wouldn’t take sides for or in opposition to social media regulation as it’s not the aim of this piece and a dialogue for an additional day, there must be some type of sanity in its utilization in order that it doesn’t find yourself as a menace regardless of its avalanche of advantages.
Nigeria will not be a banana republic!
Faseyi, a pen activist, a co-founder of media model, The Vent Republic Media, wrote from Abuja.

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