Nigeria suspends Twitter after it deletes president’s tweet!

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Nigeria indefinitely bans twitter in the country after the social media giant deletes the President’s tweet. According to the Nigerian government, it has “indefinitely suspended ” all Twitter services in the nation. The ministry of information and culture proclaimed in a report that “The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.”

An official statement was on the Twitter handle of the Nigerian government. The officials of Nigeria have accused Twitter of deleting President Mohammadu Burari’s tweet. They also further specified that the social media company is making its platform that will be used “for projects that are competent of threatening Nigeria’s corporate presence.”

Some users joked about the irony that they have tweeted about suspension in the official Twitter account. The tweet which was deleted contained offensive things by the President of Nigeria. 

The tweet that was posted on Tuesday claims to have some offensive and threatening words. Th Nigerian leader threatens southeast people, who he accredits for the recurring strikes on government support in the country. 

“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,” Buhari wrote in the now-deleted tweet.

The tweet referred to the brutal two-year war between Nigeria and Biafra. The war killed almost one million people from the Igbo tribe from the eastern part of the country. The social media giant took strict actions after many people flagged the tweet as offensive and the Twitter platform said it also violates the policy. 

Information Minister Lai Mohammed criticized Twitter’s action calling it double standards. Twitter, in response, said it is not a good thing to take away the freedom of speech. They further believe that it is profoundly regretting that the general public will not use the platform for voicing their concerns. 

“Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society. We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world,” it said in a statement.

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