Twitter Ban: FG Reveals Why Twitter Was Shut Down Indefinitely In Nigeria

Following the indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigerian, the federal government has explained why the operations of the microblogging (social media) site were put on hold.

The FG has accused Twitter of promoting inciting comments against the government.

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The suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigerian comes shortly after the federal government criticised the social media giant for deleting a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari that warned of strong actions against secessionists.

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The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement on Friday, June 4, in Abuja suggested that:

  • Twitter was suspended in the interest of Nigeria.
  • The government accused the social media site of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
  • The minister also suggested that the suspension was part of the regulation of all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

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.