Saturday, September 18, 2021

Twitter’s ban in Nigeria is temporary- Presidency

According to Garba Shehu, Twitter does not seem to appreciate the national trauma of our country’s civil war.

The Presidency has declared that the temporary ban of Twitter in Nigeria was not retaliation to President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet removal from the microblogging platform, Twitter.

We earlier brought to your notice that Twitter deleted the tweet of Nigeria’s president after the tweet was perceived to be threatening, and has resulted in an uproar among Nigerians.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, revealed this in a statement on Saturday.

Twitter, he asserts, does not seem to understand the national trauma of our country’s civil war.

Recall that Buhari’s message was taken down from Twitter as it was reported to have violated Twitter’s rules and regulations.

Nigerians demanded that Buhari’s Twitter account be deactivated after he said that anyone who seek to disrupt the present administration will face the shock of their lives.

Garba Shehu, while addressing the issue in a statement he published made it known that the decision to ban Twitter in Nigeria is temporary, however, he did not make a note of when the ban is expected to be lifted for unstrained access by Nigerians

The temporary suspension of Twitter is not just a response to the removal of the President’s post.

There has been a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria, where misinformation and fake news spread through it have had real-world violent consequences. All the while, the company has escaped accountability. Nevertheless, the removal of President Buhari’s tweet was disappointing.

The censoring seemed based on a misunderstanding of the challenges Nigeria faces today. This and similar crimes which have been fueled by social media networks risk seeping into the fabric of an emerging digital culture.

This isn’t a promotion of hate, but a pledge to uphold citizens’ right to freedom from harm. The government can’t be expected to capitulate to terrorists.

Twitter doesn’t seem to appreciate the national trauma of our country’s civil war. This government shall not allow a recurrence of that tragedy.

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