The Nigerian government announced on Friday die Suspension of Twitter activities in Africa’s most populous country two days after the social network deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The federal government has die Activities of the microblogging service and the Twitter social network in Nigeria has been suspended indefinitely, “said the Ministry of Information and Culture. It was late Friday afternoon die platform in Nigeria still in Operation, as AFP journalists in the country have seen. The ministry published die Explanation also on his Twitter account.
Activities are suspended indefinitely
In response to a question from AFP, the ministry’s special advisor, Segun Adeyemi, confirmed that “die Activities are suspended indefinitely “.
On Wednesday, Twitter deleted a tweet from President Buhari that die Responsible for die threatened current violence in southeastern Nigeria, saying it violates its rules of use.
In one on die In a statement to the press, Information Minister Lai Muhammad replied that while Twitter has its own rules, the president has the right to review the situation in Nigeria to express.
He accused the social network die To tolerate tweets from the leader of a separatist group operating in southeastern Nigeria, die promotes violence in his opinion.
The minister also referred to a call made last year by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to donate bitcoin to support protests against police violence, die have rocked the country.
“Twitter’s mission in Nigeria is very suspicious from these two examples. What are his intentions? “He told reporters.
Nigeria is a democracy, however die Government is often criticized by human rights organizations.
The government had stricter measures to regulate the media and fight disinformation in November 2019 in social networks seized, die according to civil society die Restrict freedom of expression.
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