Nine Times Twitter Banned, Suspended Or Censored Prominent Figures, Countries Over Posts

Many have applauded the choice of Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey to delete part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweets thought-about to be genocidal.

However, the motion has garnered reactions from Nigerians who had known as for a ban on the President’s account. 


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So many Nigerian social media customers known as for a ban on President Buhari’s Twitter account.

SaharaReporters has noticed a protracted listing of the Twitter account of influential leaders on the nationwide degree banned by Twitter for violating guidelines.

Although solely two nation’s presidents have been banned up to now, different accounts representing the curiosity of individuals at nationwide ranges had additionally been banned.

Iranian Leader 


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In February 2019, the Twitter account of Ali Khamenei (@khamenei_ir), Supreme Leader of Iran February 2019 was locked for twenty-four hours for posting a tweet endorsing the 1989 fatwa towards Salman Rushdie.

Myanmar Army Chief 


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On May 16, 2019, A Myanmar military common, Min Aung Hlaing, who was accused of masterminding genocide towards the nation’s Muslim Rohingya individuals had his Twitter account @sgminaunghlaing suspended, following complaints about him utilizing the social media platform for hate speech.

Min Aung Hlaing, who was additionally accused of utilizing social media to unfold anti-Rohingya propaganda, had his Facebook account deleted in August 2018, after the United Nations known as for Myanmar army leaders to be prosecuted for genocide.

Chinese Government Embassy 


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In April 2020, the Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka (@ChinaEmbSL) was mistakenly suspended for utilizing undiplomatic language towards social media customers whereas responding to allegations towards China.

“This account was mistakenly caught in a spam filter. This has been reversed and the account has been reinstated,” a Twitter spokesperson mentioned in a press release.

Hungarian Government


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On September 30 2020, the official Twitter account of the Hungarian authorities was quickly suspended after which restored.

While the account was suspended, the next discover appeared on its feed: “Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter rules.”

Government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs mentioned in a Facebook publish that “we have taken the necessary steps and are awaiting an official explanation from Twitter” relating to the standing of the federal government’s @abouthungary account.

Iranian Government Official 


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Another Twitter account, @RMXnews, which belongs to a government-supported media publication, was additionally suspended with the identical discover.

On November 10, 2020, Twitter suspended the account of Mohsen Rezaei, a former IRGC commander and secretary of an advisory council to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council mentioned Twitter suspended its secretary’s account, which had over 140,000 followers, with out giving an evidence.

Iranian Petroleum Minister 


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On November 15, 2020, Bijan Namdar Zangeneh, Iranian Minister of Petroleum had his Twitter account completely banned as a result of it violated the web site’s guidelines towards impersonation.

Chinese Embassy In The US


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A Twitter account belonging to the Chinese Embassy within the US (@ChineseEmbinUS) was banned on 20 January 2021.

The embassy’s Twitter account was suspended after it issued a Tweet defending the Chinese authorities’s actions in Xinjiang province. 

The embassy’s Tweet—claiming that Uyghur girls had been “emancipated” from extremism and have been “no longer baby-making machines”—was deleted, and the account was suspended for violating Twitter’s coverage prohibiting “dehumanization of a group of people based on their religion, caste, age, disability, serious disease, national origin, race, or ethnicity”.

Donald Trump 


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In January 2021, Twitter completely banned former United States President, Donald Trump, some days after a pro-Trump mob stormed the United States Capitol leaving 5 lifeless.

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter mentioned in a press release.

The ban comes after the president incited a mob that broke into the US Capitol constructing, disrupting Congress’ certification of Joe Biden as President-Elect. Twitter initially put a 12-hour ban on Trump’s account for “repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy” after he posted messages repeating lies that the election was stolen.

Also, in the identical month, Donald Trump was banned “indefinitely” by Facebook within the wake of January’s US Capitol assault.

Facebook boss, Mark Zuckerberg mentioned his dramatic motion towards the then-president was important to stop extra political violence forward of Joe Biden’s inauguration.

The ban was welcomed as lengthy overdue by critics of the president and was blasted by conservatives as the last word instance of Big Tech political “censorship.”

Muhammadu Buhari


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On June 2, 2021, Microblogging platform, Twitter deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet the place he threatened to deal with Nigerians “misbehaving” in “the language they understand”.

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— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) June 2, 2021

The tweet, which attracted the outrage of many Nigerians learn, “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”

The President’s Twitter account was reported by Nigerians who understood the final a part of the thread as threats towards the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its army wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).

Many reminded Buhari of the results of the Nigerian Civil War which lasted from 1967 to 1970, stating that such should not be repeated.

Following widespread condemnation of the tweet, Twitter deleted the message on Wednesday.

The platform mentioned the message by the Nigerian President violated its guidelines.

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