Nigeria ends its Twitter ban after seven months | Social Media News

Nigeria suspended Twitter after it deleted a post from the president threatening to punish regional separatists.

Nigeria is lifting a ban on Twitter from midnight (23:00 GMT) after the social media platform pledged to open a local office, among other agreements made with authorities in the West African country, a senior government official said on Wednesday.

The Nigerian government suspended Twitter on June 4 after it removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari threatening to punish regional secessionists. Telecom companies then blocked access to users in Nigeria.

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency, said in a statement that Buhari had authorized the suspension to be lifted.

“Twitter has agreed to act with respectful recognition of the Nigerian laws and the national culture and history upon which such legislation is built…,” Abdullahi’s statement said.

The company would work with the federal government and wider industry “to develop a code of conduct consistent with global best practices that apply in nearly all developed countries,” the company said.

“Therefore, the [federal government] lifts the suspension of Twitter activities in Nigeria from midnight of January 13, 2022.”

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

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