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Nigeria Lift Twitter Ban After Seven Months Of Suspension

After seven months of suspension, Twitter allowed again in Nigeria

President Muhammadu Buhari lifts the suspension from midnight today. The priority is “to adapt, not to ban Twitter,” says official. At midnight thirty, the social network was still not accessible from Lagos.
In the statement, the Nigerian authorities say that after several months of negotiations, Twitter has acceded to “all the conditions set by the federal government”, in particular in terms of taxation and management of content that does not respect the laws of the country. The network has “also committed to establishing a legal entity in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022”. Given its influence “in our democracy, our economy (…) our priority is to adapt, and not to ban Twitter”, add the authorities.

Abuja announced in early June 2021 the suspension of Twitter for “an indefinite period” after having notably accused the social network of having a “suspicious mission” against the Nigerian government, and of tolerating messages from the leader of a group on its platform. separatist inciting violence in the south-east of the country. The suspension came two days after the social network suppressed a message from President Muhammadu Buhari threatening to “treat with a language they understand” those responsible for the violence.

A very connected youth
The suspension of Twitter, then the government order to the broadcast media to delete their accounts in a “patriotic” gesture, had aroused deep consternation in Nigeria. The European Union, Great Britain, the United States and Canada then deplored this decision.

In recent years, the platform has played an important role in the public debate. Users had downloaded VPNs in huge numbers, allowing access to Twitter anywhere in the world. After the suspension, users had turned to alternative means of accessing the social network.

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