In Nigeria, Twitter was blocked because the social network deleted the president’s tweet

2 weeks ago

The Nigerian government has decided to suspend the operation of the social network Twitter for an indefinite period. This happened a few days after the social network deleted the tweet of President Muhammad Bukhari.

This was reported by the BBC.

The government’s decision was announced by Information Minister Lai Mohammed. He said the platform was used in the country for “activities aimed at undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”. However, they did not mention the deletion of the presidential tweet.

In Nigeria, Twitter was blocked because the social network deleted the president's tweet

The social network replied that they were “deeply concerned” about this situation.

This was preceded by the following story. On June 1, the 70-year-old president of Nigeria wrote a tweet about the country’s civil war in 1967-1970. He wrote about how to communicate with those “who misbehave” – ​​”in a language they understand.”

“Most of those who are misbehaving today are too young to realize the destruction and death of people who were in the Nigerian civil war. Those of us who have spent 30 months in the fields and survived the war will speak to them in a language they understand, ”Bukhari wrote, referring to the war between Nigeria and Biafra, which killed between one and three million people. mostly from the Igbo tribe in the eastern part of the country between 1967 and 1970.

However, the social network reacted and deleted the tweet, noting that it violates their rules.

It is unknown how the ban on the social network will work in practice.