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India, Russia, Nigeria are all learning to suppress Twitter, Facebook from the US

•The Nigerian Twitter ban should be a warning to US lawmakers and activist. Their efforts to rein in US-based social media giants risk restricting democratic freedoms worldwide. By Mihir Sharma Nigerians angry about their government’s recent banning of Twitter Inc. have understandably focused their ire on President Muhammadu Buhari: It was Twitter’s decision

Buhari approves team to engage with Twitter over suspension

Godsgift Onyedinefu President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Federal Government's Team to engage with Twitter over the suspension of the operations of the microblogging and social networking service in Nigeria. The approval was announced in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed,

Twitter remains a security threat to Nigeria – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information Lai Mohammed has insisted that Twitter is a threat to Nigeria’s national security. The minister said the persistent use of Twitter in Nigeria undermines the country’s corporate existence, which threatens national security and sovereignty. He reiterated his stance in a statement released on the official page of the Federal

We will not stop using twitter, CSO’s tell FG

Godsgift Onyedinefu No fewer than 25 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have vowed to xo tinue using twitter, despite federal government's ban. The CSOs said this in reaction to the comments by Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF). On Saturday, Malami ordered the prosecution of anyone caught violating the suspension of Twitter in

FG Suspends Twitter’s Operations in Nigeria

Godsgift Onyedinefu The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's

Social Media and Mob justice: We’re All Potential Victims

By Fredrick Nwabufo I once witnessed a macabre execution – early 2000s. It was a quotidian day in Onitsha – except for a sudden alarm jarring everyone grinding away in the day’s humdrum. Thief! Thief! Swiftly, commuters, traders and idlers became vigilantes. They encircled a young man and bludgeoned him until

How Twitter Amplified the Divisions That Derailed Nigeria’s #EndSARS Movement

By Ohimai Amaize This article is part of the Free Speech Project, a collaboration between Future Tense and the Tech, Law, & Security Program at American University Washington College of Law that examines the ways technology is influencing how we think about speech. In October, when protests against police brutality erupted across Nigeria’s

Twitter Snubs Nigeria, Opens Africa Office In Ghana

•Announces job openings in Ghana The American microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, on Monday, announced that it would open an office in Ghana for wider reach across the African continent. “Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you, Ghana, and @NAkufoAddo,” the company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, tweeted. Some Nigerians have seen

Digital siege: Internet cuts become favored tool of regimes

By Kelvin Chan When army generals in Myanmar staged a coup last week, they briefly cut internet access in an apparent attempt to stymie protests. In Uganda, residents couldn’t use Facebook, Twitter and other social media for weeks after a recent election. And in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the internet has

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