The temporary suspension of Twitter is not just a response to the removal of the President’s post

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Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, says the temporary suspension of Twitter’s operation in Nigeria is not just in response to the removal of the President’s tweet.

The micro-blogging site on Thursday, June 3 removed the tweet posted by President Buhari in which he made reference to the Civil war.

On Friday, June 4, the presidency announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter. 

”The temporary suspension of Twitter is not just a response to the removal of the President’s post. There has been a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria, where misinformation and fake news spread through it have had real world violent consequences. All the while, the company has escaped accountability.

Nevertheless, the removal of President Buhari’s tweet was disappointing. The censoring seemed based on a misunderstanding of the challenges Nigeria faces today.

The President in his address at the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA…



Source: Linda Ikeji