Nigeria Lifts Twitter Ban After Six-Month Suspension

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Nigeria has lifted the ban on Twitter after the government made it known on Wednesday that the move would now give Nigerians who number in millions access to the social media platform once more.

The decision was reportedly passed following Twitter’s decision to agree to the terms and conditions of the Nigerian government.

The conditions agreed on included: “managing prohibited publication in line with Nigerian law” and addressing issues of operations and tax to the Nigerian government.

The Nigerian government somewhere last year June banned Twitter’s operations in the country following a massive protest held due to the SARS killings that took place in Lekki.

The Nigerian government explained that Twitter is allowing their platform to be a tool “for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

The ban started after Twitter deleted a tweet made by President Muhammadu Buhari which threatened to deal with Southern Nigerians for attacking public properties. Two days after that, President Muhammadu Buhari announced the ban.

In a report issued by the Nigerian government, they noted:

“The new global reality is that digital platforms and their operators wield enormous influence over the fabric of our society, social interaction and economic choices. These platforms can be used as either a tool or a weapon.

“Therefore, our action is a deliberate attempt to recalibrate our relationship with Twitter to achieve the maximum mutual benefits for our nation without jeopardizing the justified interests of the Company. Our engagement has been very respectful, cordial, and successful.”


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