Former US President, Donald Trump has praised Nigerian government for suspending Twitter and also urged other countries to follow suit by banning not only Twitter but Facebook as well. The former President believed that these platforms suppress freedom of speech.
“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President. More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech—all voices should be heard.” Trump said via his official platform.
He further added that, “in the meantime, competitors will emerge and take hold. Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil? Perhaps I should have done it while I was President. But Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was. 2024?”
The former US President was earlier banned by both Facebook and Twitter after the platforms established that posts made on his handles promoted violence and contributed to the invasion of the US Capitol. His ban by Facebook was recently extended by two more years whilst twitter’s ban remains permanent.
Trump’s comment follows a decision by the government to ban Twitter. Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed who made the announcement on Friday, June 5th, 2021, said the suspension was due to “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
However, amidst growing belief that Twitter’s earlier deletion of President Buhari’s post against widespread insecurity in the South East was the sole reason for the suspension decision taken by the Nigerian government, the state house released a statement to clarify the issue.
“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.” The statement said.