Twitter responds to Buhari govt’s ban

Twitter responds to Buhari govt’s ban

Social media giant, Twitter, has responded to the indefinite suspension of its platform by the Federal Government Friday evening.

WUZUPNIGERIA reported that the ban was announced by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, as retaliation for Twitter's decision to delete the Civil War tweet of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

According to Mohammed, the ban is pertinent due to "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."

However, in reaction to the ban by the Nigerian Government, Jack Dorsey-owned bird app raised concerns over the announcement, adding that it has commenced an investigation on the development.

Twitter's Senior Policy Communications Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Sarah Hart, released an official response Friday, according to The Cable.

"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 statement said.

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