Twitter is ‘deeply concerned’ by Nigerian authorities’s suspension

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with workers of Andela on his Nigeria refer to in November 2019

Twitter has reacted to the indefinite suspension of the social media device by the Nigerian authorities, expressing disclose.

An announcement by a Twitter spokesperson to TechCabal said:

The announcement made by the Nigerian Authorities that they enjoy suspended Twitter’s operations in Nigeria is deeply pertaining to. We’re investigating and will present updates when we know more.”

While Twitter does no longer enjoy physical areas of work in Nigeria, the platform is freely out there within the country and has up to 2 million customers, in preserving with some estimates. The authorities’s suspension as introduced by Lai Mohammed, the Minister for Data and Culture, has been interpreted as a doubtless directive to Cyber internet Service Providers to decrease off customers’ safe entry to to the social media platform

As now we enjoy reported, the suspension is a stop result of a 3-day drama. It started when Twitter deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari for violating its solutions.

Just a few hours after Twitter’s prance, Mohammed, the Data Minister, held a press conference whereby he denounced the US social media company for having a suspicious agenda in Nigeria. He accused Twitter of enabling violence in some unspecified time in the future of #EndSARS protests in October 2020.

Within the stop, he justified his suspension of Twitter on the grounds of “persistent use of the platform for actions which might maybe be in a position to undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”  

The suspension brings Twitter squarely into the warmth of the debate about the intersection of democracy and internet freedom in Africa. 

After they introduced that Ghana would be the device of their first Africa office, Twitter said it became once on narrative of Ghana is “a champion for democracy, a supporter of free speech, on-line freedom, and the Open Cyber internet, of which Twitter can be an recommend.” 

Twitter stays out there in Nigeria at the time of publishing this – two and half hours after the announcement became once posted on the Data Ministry’s verified Twitter narrative. It stays to be considered when the suspension takes enact and what actions Twitter takes.

Update: Twitter has now been shutdown in Nigeria.

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