Social media giant, Twitter has responded to the news of suspension issued by the Nigerian government against its operations. According to the company, the ban is “deeply concerning.”
“The announcement made by the Nigerian government that they have suspended Twitter’s operations in Nigeria is deeply concerning. We’re investigating and will provide updates when we know more” Sarah Hart, Twitter’s senior Policy Communications Manager wrote.
This came at the backdrop of the strong decision by the Federal government to halt Twitter’s operations, days after a post made by President Muhammadu Buhari was tagged as a breach of the community’s policies and further removed.
According to the country’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed who made the announcement on Friday, June 5th, 2021, the suspension was due to “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”
However, others believe strongly that, the platform was suspended for disrespecting the President. Twitter earlier deleted a post made by the official account of President Muhammadu Buhari. Responding to widespread attack on public facilities in the South East, the president made the following comments in a post.
“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.”
Twitter found this comment offensive and a violation of its rules. The post was taken down accordingly. Additionally, Facebook equally deleted same content published by the president on his handle. Do you think Social media platforms should be regulated in Africa?