Twitter Ban :
Since it’s now so obvious that social media have a huge impact on society, they have been going under a lot of scrutiny by the governments, recently.
From the former US president, Trump’s crackdown on the viral video platform TikTok in 2020 to the latest Twitter ban in an African country.
This latest tough measure was taken by the largest economic country in Africa – Nigeria.
On Friday, 04th of June, the country had officially announced its Twitter ban move.
The conflict between the social media giant – Twitter and the government of Nigeria arose after Twitter removed a tweet and suspended the account of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for 12 hrs.
Twitter stated that the tweet from the President had violated its abusive behavior policies, and many citizens of Nigeria had also reported the tweet as offensive.
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And in retaliation, the Nigerian government banned Twitter from its land.
But what’s ironic is that the country had announced its Twitter ban on Twitter, feeding the bitter fact with its own spoon.
“The Federal Government has suspended indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service Twitter, in Nigeria,” the post stated.
The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.
— Fed Min of Info & Cu (@FMICNigeria) June 4, 2021
And the government started blocking access to the platform from Saturday, 5th of June.
In response to the Twitter ban, “The access to the free and open Internet is an essential human right in modern society. We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria,” the company stated.
We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society.
We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn
— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) June 5, 2021
But after the Twitter ban, netizens did find a way to get back into Twitter using VPN – Virtual Private Network used to obscure the user’s IP address. And “Thank God For VPN” began trending on Twitter.
Unfortunately, the Nigerian govt declared that anyone using Twitter after its official ban will be prosecuted.
What was in the president’s tweet that led to the Twitter ban?
According to a report, the president’s tweet held a threatening statement to the regional secessionists who he said were responsible for the attacks on police stations and government offices.
The deleted tweet 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.”
The tweet referred to Nigeria – Biafra’s brutal civil war that killed millions of people between 1967 to 1970.