Nigerian Government ease Twitter ban after 7 Months

By Penyin Dankwa

After 7 months of banning Twitter in Nigeria, the Nigerian government have decided to accept Twitter’s request to register Nigeria and pay local taxes to end the 7-month ban.

Nigeria suspended Twitter in the summer of 2021 after the social media firm deleted a tweet that was made by President Muhammadu Buhari, of which accused Twitter of siding with secessionists.

Although, the government insisted that Twitter was banned, many Nigerians accessed Twitter using private networks such as VPN. The government had commanded internet providers to block Twitter as it was said that it was being used to sabotage “Nigeria’s corporate existence” through the spreading of false accusations that could have potentially caused violence.

The Nigerian government have imposed that Twitter act with a respectful acknowledgement of Nigerian laws, communicate with government officials to manage content that doesn’t comply with Twitters community rules.