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Nigeria ends Twitter ban after seven months

Nigeria mentioned it might permit Twitter Inc. to function within the nation once more after indefinitely suspending the platform final yr following the social-media firm’s suspension of the Nigeria president’s account.

“Let me be a part of fellow countrymen and ladies in welcoming the decision of the deadlock between the Federal Authorities of Nigeria and Twitter,” Garba Shehu, the spokesman for Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari, said on Twitter, adding that the agreement will lay a “foundation for a mutually beneficial future with endless possibilities.” Twitter didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Thursday.

Twitter suspended Mr. Buhari’s account in mid-2021 for a tweet that warned of returning to violence of a Sixties-era civil battle that left tens of millions useless. The tweet in query appeared to threaten violent reprisals for separatists from the Impartial Peoples’ Republic of Biafra. The tweet–which was reported by hundreds of Twitter customers–was in the end deleted by Twitter, which mentioned the submit violated the platform’s guidelines.

Nigeria indefinitely suspended Twitter operations within the nation. On the time, info minister Lai Mohammed cited “the persistent use of the platform for actions which can be able to undermining Nigeria’s company existence” with out elaborating.

Censoring the web has change into a extra frequent tactic for governments throughout Africa and far of the world. In 2020, components or all the Web had been shut down greater than 200 occasions throughout 33 nations, in line with nonprofit Entry Now. Human-rights advocates have mentioned chopping folks off from the Web has been used as a tactic to censor speeches and management elections.

Twitter has been a potent political drive within the nation the place many voters don’t belief the partisan media. Mr. Buhari–who joined Twitter in 2014–has been identified to make use of the platform to clarify authorities coverage.

Nigeria is the most important nation in Africa by inhabitants, with an estimated 200 million folks.

Joe Parkinson and Drew Hinshaw contributed to this report.

This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content

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