Monday, June 7, 2021

Nigeria: Government Blocks Twitter Indefinitely After President’s Tweet Deleted


I’m just glad someone in the world listens to me.

(To be clear, I didn’t talk to President Muhammed, but because I live in Nigeria, the government is familiar with the site.)

CBS News:

The Nigerian government said it has suspended Twitter “indefinitely” after the platform removed a tweet Friday from Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari for violating its abusive behavior policy. 

Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the suspension is due to “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

He also said the federal government has ordered the National Broadcasting Commission, which regulates media in the country, to start the process of licensing social media operations in the country immediately.

Twitter’s Public Policy team said Saturday they were “deeply concerned” by the suspension.

“Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society,” the team tweeted. “We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world #KeepitOn.”

It just makes you want to punch a hole in the wall, doesn’t it?

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