Nigeria announces Twitter ban — in statement on Twitter

Nigeria announces Twitter ban — in statement on Twitter


The Nigerian government announced Friday it had indefinitely suspended Twitter’s operations in the West African country — but drew mockery for posting its statement about the ban on Twitter.

Minister for Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that the country had “suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.”

The statement, posted on the ministry’s official Twitter account, cited “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

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The suspension came two days after the social media giant deleted a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists.

Despite Friday’s announcement, the Associated Press reported users could still access Twitter late Friday, and many said they would simply use VPNs to maintain access to the platform.

Reuters reported that a ministerial aide said, “wait and see how things will turn out” when asked how the suspension would be enforced. The

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