(WatchDogReport.org) – On June 2, Twitter deleted a post written by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari. The company claimed it violated its policy against abusive material. Two days later, the African nation announced it was banning Twitter in the country.
The Nigerian government said the platform has been used for “activities capable of undermining” the country’s “corporate existence.”
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.
— Fed Min of Info & Cu (@FMICNigeria) June 4, 2021
The move by the Nigerian government could spell trouble for Twitter. The social media giant has repeatedly silenced users on its platform. Many believe they do it in a biased way. For instance, in the US the company permanently banned former President Donald Trump while he was in office. It also recently blocked Yair Netanyahu, son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, from posting for 12 hours.
Could the Nigerian government’s decision convince other nations to follow suit? That remains to be seen, but certainly, Conservatives in the US would like to see more be done to stop censorship by the tech company.
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