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The Nigerian government said it has suspended Twitter "indefinitely" after the platform removed a tweet Friday from Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari for violating its abusive behavior policy.
Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the suspension is due to "the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence."
He also said the federal government has ordered the National Broadcasting Commission, which regulates media in the country, to start the process of licensing social media operations in the country immediately.
Nigeria bans Twitter after president's tweet deleted
Nigeria banned Twitter on Friday after the platform deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it violated their abusive behavior policy."The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria," the country's ministry of information posted on Twitter Friday.The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria," the country's ministry of information posted on Twitter Friday.
Twitter's Public Policy team said Saturday they are "deeply concerned" by the suspension.
"Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society," the team. "We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world #KeepitOn."
On Wednesday, Buhari published a tweet that has since been deleted by Twitter. It referred to Nigeria's civil war in 1967, and resulted in the president being suspended from the social media platform for 12 hours.
"Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand," he wrote, according to. He was referring to suspected separatist militants in the southeast, The Associated Press reported.
Twitter is banned in Nigeria after it removed president's tweet
The site has been blocked in the country, and the government has reportedly ordered authorities to arrest and prosecute Twitter users. "We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society," Twitter said Saturday, in a tweet from its public policy account. "We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world."Twitter, Facebook and other social sites have been trying to figure out how best to deal with controversial tweets from politicians.
Some said the tweet was a threat of genocide against the cultural group of Igbo people.
Politician Kingsley MoghaluBehari's message "is not the kind of word he should say as the president."
"I think language matters when you are a leader and when you are facing many crises because that language can be interpreted in many ways," Moghalu said.
According to Twitter's policy, abusive behavior is "an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else's voice." "In addition to posing risks to people's safety, abusive behavior may also lead to physical and emotional hardship for those affected."
Biden Administration Condemns Nigeria's Twitter Ban After Trump Praises Country's Decision .
President Joe Biden's administration has publicly rebuked the Nigerian government after it banned Twitter and threatened arrests over its usage—just days after former President Donald Trump, praised the African country for the decision. © Chesnot/Getty Images In this photo illustration, the logos of social media applications, Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, WeChat, Signal, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Snapchat are displayed on the screen of an iPhone on January 11, 2021. "Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy," U.S.