Twitter declares that the free and open internet is The Nigerian government banned access to the social media giant following a dispute with the president – although critics said it suppressed its own conservative content and banned it. use
Twitter deleted a hot tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari – seen by many as a threat to separatist groups in the southeast of the country – then his government’s information department responded by banning social media platforms from the country.
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“The federal government has indefinitely suspended the operations of microblogging and social network services like Twitter in Nigeria,” the country’s Federal Ministry of Information and Culture tweeted Friday night.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture It also announced that the government will begin licensing social media platforms and “OTT”; or over-the-top operations that deliver content directly to viewers via the Internet.
“We are deeply concerned with the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria,” Twitter’s Public Policy Department tweeted in response. #OpenInternet It is a necessary human right in modern society. We will strive to restore access for all people in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the #KeepitOn world.”
The announcement received an immediate response from Twitter users, who noted that the social media giant’s policies allow suspending and banning users. This includes former President Donald Trump.
“Free Access & #OpenInternet It is a necessary human right in the modern society… Unless you’re Donald Trump, or reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop, or talking about the biology of gender. Or the feuding dictatorship of Iran or the Chinese, the Communist Party lied about COVID,” conservative writer Liz Wheeler wrote in response to a tweet on Twitter.
Another user tweeted a meme of a comic book hero sweating more than a select button — “access to Twitter is a human right” or “ban these accounts for saying things I don’t like.”
Several other users weighed in with similar sentiments.
The company has also been accused by Republican lawmakers of “shadow banning” conservatives. or use an algorithm that suppresses the visibility of their tweets.
Twitter also restricted the New York Post’s account to stories about Hunter Biden just days before the 2020 presidential election, and then backtracked after reviewing the story.
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Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Buhari’s deleted tweet was in response to arson attacks on government offices and police stations. And it appears to threaten the Igbo ethnic armed group believed to be behind them.
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“Many of today’s misbehavior is too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of life that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War,” he wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “Those of us who have been in the fields for 30 months through the war will treat them with a language they understand.”
The Nigerian president is a soldier in the fight against the Igbo separatists who want to form an independent Biafra in the country’s bloody civil war. More than 1 million people died in the conflict between 1967 and 1970.
Twitter rules prohibit tweets that promote or threaten violence.