Twitter writes FG over suspension, seeks dialogue

…’Platform refused FG’s request to delete Nnamdi Kanu’s account’ – Lai Moh’d The Federal Government yesterday confirmed that Twitter has formally written to it, seeking for a dialogue on issues leading to the indefinite suspension of its operations in the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, confirmed this when he featured on a radio programme in Abuja. The minister reiterated the government’s position that it would not tolerate any platform that would be used to destabilise the country. Mohammed said among other conditions for Twitter to resume…

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Twitter writes FG over suspension, seeks dialogue

The Federal Government on Tuesday confirmed that Twitter has formally written to seek for dialogue on issues leading to the indefinite suspension of its operations in the country. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, confirmed this when he featured on “Politics Nationwide,’’ a Radio Nigeria call-in programme in Abuja. The minister reiterated the government’s position that it would not tolerate any platform that would be used to destabilise the country. Mohammed said among other conditions for Twitter to resume operation in Nigeria, there must be an agreement as…

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TwitterBan: Twitter, Facebook, others must register in Nigeria – Lai Mohammed

As part of its controversial move to regulate social media, the Nigerian government said on Wednesday that Twitter, Facebook and other social media giants must register in the country. Information minister Lai Mohammed also said Twitter, which was recently suspended by the Nigerian government, has called for a ‘high-level’ discussion. The minister said these in Abuja while briefing journalists after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting. He repeated the government’s stance that Twitter was suspended because it provided an avenue for people threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria. Mohammed claimed…

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Twitter ban: “We stand by our words”, Diplomatic Community tells FG

…As FG debunks plan to lift ban Ambassadors from the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Canada and Republic of Ireland have told the Federal Government that they stand by their condemnation of the indefinite suspension of the micro-blogging platform Twitter by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Ambassadors made this known yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Abuja, when they heeded the summon of the Minister, insisting that the ban on Twitter by the Nigerian government violates freedom of expression of Nigerians irrespective of the government’s concerns that the…

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Twitter ban: ‘Be mature and accept criticisms’ – Gumi tells Buhari

…As Twitter deletes Nnamdi Kanu’s tweet for ‘violating rules’ Renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to be mature in accepting criticisms. Gumi made the call on Saturday, while reacting to the ban on the micro-blogging and social networking service, Twitter, by the Federal Government.  Speaking with newsmen, the cleric said the Buhari-led government should “have a wide chest” in accepting criticisms from Nigerians. Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had announced the Federal Government’s suspension of Twitter’s operation in the country because…

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Twitter deletes Nnamdi Kanu’s tweet gor ‘violating rules’

Microblogging and social networking service, Twitter has deleted a post made by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdu Kanu, for ‘violating rules’ of the platform. The tweet, which was made by Kanu on June 2, was no longer available on the IPOB leader handle as of Saturday evening. The tweet seemed to have been made in reference to the Federal Government’s decision to take action regarding attacks on public buildings in the South-East, which have led to the killing of several security operatives. In the…

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FG to prosecute Nigerians violating Twitter suspension – AGF

…As African rights group hails FG over ban The Federal Government plans to prosecute Nigerians flooding to Twitter via Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), to make nonsense of its suspension. The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said this yesterday. According to a statement, Malami directed the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation (DPPF) to swing into action and commence in earnest the prosecution of violators. Meanwhile, a foremost media rights group in Africa, known as Media Rights Protectors, has thrown its full weight behind…

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FG bans Twitter in Nigeria indefinitely

…SERAP to sue govt. over suspension The Federal Government has suspended the operations of Twitter, a microblogging and social networking service, in Nigeria indefinitely. This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, via a statement issued by the Ministry’s spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi, yesterday. The Minister cited the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence. He said the Federal Government had also directed the National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social…

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TWITTER RESTRICTS TRUMP’S POST ON ALLEGED VOTE RIGGING

Twitter has imposed restriction on a tweet by U.S. President Trump in which he alleges attempt by unnamed persons to “steal the election”. “We are up BIG, but they are trying to STEAL the Election. We will never let them do it. Votes cannot be cast after the Polls are closed!” the tweet reads. Twitter quickly flagged the message, preventing users from commenting, liking or retweeting it. The company added a warning:  “Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an…

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