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Twitter breaks silence, reacts to Nigeria’s suspension of operations

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The microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, has finally reacted to the suspension of its operations in Nigeria, counted it to be “deeply concerning”.

Earlier, Techeconomy.ng reported that the federal government had suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the social media giant in the country.

Commenting on the report, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, confirmed it to be true in a statement made available by Segun Adeyemi, the special assistant to the president on Media in Abuja on Friday, June 4.

Mohammed explained that the decision was taken to curb the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

The minister, however, disclosed that President Muhammdu Buhari’s administration has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.

This came barely 24 hours after microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet.

President Buhari’s tweet against some people that were allegedly disturbing the peace of the nation was said to have contravened Twitter’s operational policy.

Commenting on the occurrence, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said: “Twitter had not been fair to Nigeria.”

This allegation surfaced barely one hour after Twitter on Wednesday deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet threatening action against the people supposedly disturbing the peace of the nation.

Mohammed said: “Twitter had not been fair to Nigeria”, saying while the social media giant had conveniently ignored inciting tweets by the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and his cohorts, displaying the same biases it did during the #ENDSARS protest, where government and private properties were looted and set on fire, all in the name of right to protest, it found the President’s tweets offensive.

Reacting to the federal government’s decision, Twitter’s Senior Policy Communications Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Sarah Hart, saw the suspension of its operations in Nigeria to be “deeply concerning”.

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Hart said: “The announcement made by the Nigerian Government that they have suspended Twitter’s operations in Nigeria is deeply concerning. We’re investigating and will provide updates when we know more.”

 

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