Nigeria has decided to suspend social media giant Twitter indefinitely for removing a post from the president that threatened punishment on those who want secession.
The Nigerian government suspended all Twitter operations in the country on Friday. Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that their decision stemmed from citizens using the platform for activities “capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
“Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the government made this move because of ‘the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence,'” he claimed. “The decision came after a series of investigations into terrorist networks in contact with potential recruits via social media.”
He did not spell out the form of suspension, but he gave more details on the undermining activities. Twitter’s website and app continued to work in Nigeria on Friday during tests conducted by Reuters.
A spokesperson for Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the suspension. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s account, which was deactivated by Twitter due to violating their “abusive behavior” policy and posting threatening messages against groups blamed in recent attacks of government buildings, is still missing from its timeline Thursday morning.”
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