Twitter is banned in Nigeria after it removed president’s tweet

The site has been blocked in the country, and the government has reportedly ordered authorities to arrest and prosecute Twitter users.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nigeria has blocked Twitter access in the country after the social media site removed a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari earlier in the week.

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Information and Culture said in a series of tweets on Friday that the government has Suspended Twitter “indefinitely” Because of “the frequent use of the platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.

On Wednesday, Twitter removed a tweet from Buhari, which it said violated its “abusive behavior” policy, Reuters reported. The tweet referenced the civil war in Nigeria’s Biafra region in the late 1960s and was directed at current separatists, who have been blamed for attacks on government buildings, with the news outlet saying that Buhari had attacked the homeland. Served in the military during the war and was the military ruler of Nigeria in the 1980s.

Buhari’s deleted tweet said, “Those of us who have gone through 30 months of war will treat “separatists” in a language they understand. War.

Many Nigerians are evading the ban by using virtual private networks to access Twitter, The New York Times reported on Saturday, with Twitter being one of the main ways Nigerians have access to criticize their government. Meanwhile, CNN said the government has ordered authorities to arrest and prosecute Twitter users.

“We are deeply concerned blocking twitter in nigeria. Free and #OpenInternet access is an essential human right in modern society,” Twitter said in a tweet from its Public Policy account on Saturday. “We will work to restore access to all people in Nigeria who want to communicate and connect. To rely on Twitter. with the world.”

Twitter, Facebook and other social sites are trying to figure out how to deal with controversial tweets from politicians. Twitter has permanently banned former US President Donald Trump’s tweets over concerns about inciting violence. Facebook this year suspended Trump indefinitely and said on Friday that Trump’s Facebook suspension would last at least 2023.

Before banning Trump, Twitter obscured many of his tweets with warning labels that included links to more information and context and allowed users to click through to read the tweets if they wished.

In one such instance, Twitter screened a tweet by Trump, saying it glorified violence. In that tweet posted during the protests against the police killing of George Floyd, Trump said that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” In his previous tweet, he had said that he would send the National Guard “to get the job done”.

Trump has repeatedly claimed, without offering evidence, that social media companies discriminate against authority. In turn, the companies have repeatedly denied this.

Last month, the state of Florida approved a law that would fine Twitter, Facebook, Google and other tech companies for kicking politicians off their sites.

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