Nigeria ends Twitter ban after seven months | Social media news


Nigeria suspended Twitter after it removed a post by the president that threatened to punish regional separatists.

Nigeria will lift the ban on Twitter from midnight (23:00 GMT) on Wednesday, a senior government official said on Wednesday, after the social media platform pledged to open a local office, among other agreements made with authorities in the West African country.

The Nigerian government suspended Twitter on June 4 after it removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional separatists. The telecom companies later blocked access to users in Nigeria.

Kashifu Inwa Abdullah, director general of the National Information Technology Development Agency, said in a statement that Bukhari agreed to lift the suspension.

“Twitter has agreed to act with respect to the Nigerian laws and the national culture and history upon which such legislation is built…” Abdullah’s statement said.

The company said the company will work with the federal government and broader industry “to develop a code of conduct in line with global best practice, applicable in virtually all developed countries.”

“So, the [federal government] Lifts suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria from midnight on January 13, 2022.”

Abdullah, who also chaired a joint technical committee of Nigerian officials and Twitter, said the US company had agreed to appoint a country representative to deal with Nigerian authorities and comply with local tax obligations.





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