- Twitter’s suspension in Nigeria has been condemned by several social media users who accused the government of high handedness
- An official at the microblogging site has issued an official statement in response to the federal government’s ban
- Nigeria has joined the list of countries like China and North Korea that consider Twitter as a national threat
The microblogging site, Twitter, has reacted to the federal government’s decision to suspend its operations in Nigeria.
Sarah Hart, Twitter’s senior policy communications manager for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, told The Cable that the company is investigating the development.
In an email response, she described the company's suspension in Nigeria as deeply concerning.
“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.”
The ban on Twitter in Nigeria comes just days after the federal government criticised the social media giant for deleting a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari that warned of strong actions against secessionists.
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday, June 2, accused the microblogging site of bias on issues concerning Nigeria’s domestic affairs.
He said Twitter’s role is suspicious and Nigeria would not be fooled, The Punch reported. Mohammed argued that the president has the right to express his idea on the current security challenges in the country.
Legit.ng also recalls that a former presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adamu Garba, had asked the Nigerian government to shut down the operations of Twitter in Nigeria.
In a tweet on Thursday, June 3, Garba said Twitter should be shut down for deleting President Muhammadu Buhari's tweet.
He argued that it was wrong for the social media company to remove Buhari's tweet which contained messages meant for Nigerian people.
In another report, a former US president, Donald Trump, was suspended from Facebook until at least January 7, 2023. CNN reported that Facebook made the announcement on Friday, June 4.
The latest announcement implies that Trump will be off the social media site for two years, taking into consideration when he was initially suspended.
At the end of the duration, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, explained that the company would assess the circumstances to see if the former president should be allowed back on the site.