The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the indefinite suspension of the microblogging social media application “Twitter” in the country till further notice.
This is coming barely 3-days after the social media platform deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweets were deleted on the platform after several calls by the Twitter users calling on the platform to delete President Buhari’s tweet due to his reference to the 1967 Nigerian “civil war”.
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Below is a statement released from the office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announcing the suspension;
”The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, 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.”
This suspension comes days after the platform deleted tweets from President Buhari’s handle.
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