Nigeria lifts ban on Twitter after 6-month suspension

Nigeria lifts ban on Twitter after 6-month suspension

  • Director general of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, said in a Wednesday statement that the decision was made after Twitter agreed to meet all conditions set by the Nigerian government.

The Nigerian government has lifted its ban on Twitter, 6 months after the social media giant platform was blocked away from its population of over 200 million people.

Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, said in a Wednesday statement that the decision was made after Twitter agreed to meet all conditions set by the Nigerian government.

“Twitter has agreed to act with a respectful acknowledgement of Nigerian laws and the national culture and history on which such legislation has been built…the company would work with the federal government and the broader industry to develop a Code of Conduct in line with global best practices, applicable in almost all developed countries,” read the statement.

“Therefore, the federal government lifts the suspension of the Twitter operations in Nigeria from midnight of 13th January 2022.”

The said conditions include managing prohibited publication in line with Nigerian law and addressing issues of operations and tax.

The Nigerian government suspended the micro-blogging social media platform on June 4 after it removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists. Telecoms companies subsequently blocked access to users in Nigeria.

Abdullahi, who also chaired a joint technical committee of Nigerian and Twitter officials, said the U.S. company agreed to appoint a country representative to engage with Nigerian authorities and comply with local tax obligations.

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