The Federal Government has carried out its decision to prohibit the operation of the microblogging site Twitter in Nigeria, claiming the platform’s continued usage for actions that threaten the country’s corporate survival as the cause for the measure.
On Friday night, telecommunication firms around the country were given instructions to deactivate Twitter by 12 a.m., an order that has now been carried out.
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Between the hours of 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., this reporter discovered that tweets were not loading on all devices.
When trying to refresh tweets, the notice “Tweets aren’t loading right now” appeared. On mobile, it said “Try again,” while on desktop, it said “This site cannot be reached.”
Ejes Gist Nigeria reports that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to begin the process of licencing all OTT and social media operations in the country on Friday, according to a statement released by Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President (Media).
“The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking site Twitter in Nigeria,” according to the announcement.
“In a statement made in Abuja on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension, citing the platform’s continued usage for activities that threaten Nigeria’s corporate survival.
The Federal Government has also asked the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to begin the process of licencing all OTT and social media businesses in Nigeria, according to the Minister.
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