Nigeria Suspends Twitter After It Deleted A Tweet By means of The President

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Nigeria’s executive mentioned Friday it could droop Twitter within the nation after the corporate deleted a arguable tweet through President Muhammadu Buhari.

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Nigeria’s executive mentioned Friday it could droop Twitter within the nation after the corporate deleted a arguable tweet through President Muhammadu Buhari.

Matt Rourke/AP

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigeria’s executive mentioned Friday it was once postponing Twitter indefinitely in Africa’s maximum populous country, an afternoon after the corporate deleted a arguable tweet President Muhammadu Buhari made a couple of secessionist motion.It was once now not straight away transparent when the suspension would pass into impact as customers may nonetheless get entry to Twitter overdue Friday, and lots of mentioned they’d merely use VPNs to deal with get entry to to the platform.Others mocked the federal government for the use of the platform to announce the motion.”You’re using Twitter to suspend Twitter? Are you not mad?” one consumer tweeted in reaction.Knowledge Minister Lai Mohammed mentioned Friday that executive officers took the step for the reason that platform was once getting used “for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.Mohammed criticized Twitter for deleting the post. “The project of Twitter in Nigeria may be very suspicious,” he said, adding that Twitter had in the past ignored “inciting” tweets against the Nigerian government. Twitter deleted Buhari’s post on Wednesday, calling it abusive, after the president threatened suspected separatist militants in the southeast. More than 1 million people died during the 1967-1970 civil war that erupted when secessionists sought to create an independent Biafra for the ethnic Igbo people. Buhari, an ethnic Fulani, was on the opposing side in the war against the Igbos. In recent months, pro-Biafra separatists have been accused of attacking police and government buildings, and Buhari vowed to retaliate and “deal with them within the language they perceive.”

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