The Federal Government has come under excoriating criticism for its ban on Twitter Activites in Nigeria .It could be recalled that , Lai Mohammed , Nigeria’s information Minister , earlier today announced the suspension of twitter ‘s actitivites in the country due the latter’s suspension of President Muhammad Buhari’s tweet.,
Earlier today, The Federal Government reportedly suspended, indefinitely, the operations of Twitter, the microblogging and social networking service, in Nigeria.
Twitter had earlier deleted a tweet made by President Muhammadu Buhari stating that the President’s tweet violated its rules.
The deleted tweet partly stated:
“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War,
“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
Twitter deleted it as the platform has zero-tolerance for violence or tweets that may seem to threaten violence against a group of people.
Implications of the FG’s Twitter suspension on Nigerian Users
The suspension of Twitter in Nigeria means that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will have to block Twitter’s IP addresses from all its users in Nigeria. They could also delete the site from their DNS servers so that when people try to connect with it, they will be told that that site does not exist.
Since it is not a total internet shutdown, people can still use a VPN service to access restricted sites.
More details about this will follow in subsequent articles…
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Twitter ban: FG directs NBC to commence process of licensing all social media operations in Nigeria
Abiola Odutolaby Abiola Odutola June 4, 2021 Reading Time: 1 min read
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The Federal Government has directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all social media operations in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, via a statement issued by the Ministry’s spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi on Friday.
The Minister added that Twitter’s operations in the country were suspended, indefinitely.
According to the statement, the suspension was predicated on “The persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
“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,” the statement read.