The Nigerian government has put a ban on Twitter in the country. It is thought that the Nigerian government took this action in response to President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet being removed.
On June 1, 1967, Nigeria’s president wrote a tweet on Twitter, intending to teach a lesson to those in the country’s southeast who were allegedly harming Nigeria’s national infrastructure.
It is believed that the government was upset by Twitter’s actions, and as a result of the deleted post, Twitter is prohibited in Nigeria. Whereas a Nigerian government representative said that the microblogging site ” Twitter ” was used to weaken the country’s corporate existence that is why it has been banned from Nigeria. Mobile phone carriers were instructed to ban Twitter from the country yet even after the confirmation, Nigerians remained able to browse Twitter in their region until late Friday.
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Nigerian citizens are dissatisfied with their government’s decision to impose a ban on Twitter. However, following the ban, Nigerian users began using a VPN to access their Twitter accounts. It is yet unclear when the prohibition will be lifted. The Nigerian Bar Association has also condemned the government’s action and warned to take legal action against the administration’s order of blocking Twitter, claiming that it infringes on Nigerian citizens’ right to free speech.
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Twitter, on the other hand, stated in response to the suspension that it is profoundly concerned about the app’s suspension.