FG suspends Twitter’s operations in Nigeria

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THE federal government has suspended indefinitely the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, June 4, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

The minister said the federal government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.

The statement cited “persistent use of the platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

This followed Twitter’s deletion of a tweet credited to President Muhammadu Buhari on alleged threat to deal with groups seeking self-determination in Nigeria.

Twitter recently announced its plans to locate its West African headquarters in Ghana, overlooking Nigeria with the highest number of users of the platform, citing freedom of expression as one of the criteria.

– June 04, 2021 @ 18:09 GMT

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