Telecom operators in Nigeria on Friday deactivated Twitter on their networks, SaharaReporters has gathered.
Major ones embody MTN Nigeria, Glo Mobile, Airtel and 9Mobile.
Nigerians who spoke with SaharaReporters mentioned they may not entry the microblogging web site on their cellphone and computer systems.
The Nigerian authorities suspended Twitter’s operations indefinitely after accusing the micro-blogging web site of “undermining Nigeria’s existence”.
In a press release on Friday, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, mentioned the federal government was pressured to behave due to “the persistent use of the platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
“I cannot access Twitter on my phone,” a Nigerian advised SaharaReporters Saturday. Many Nigerians on Twitter are lambasting the federal government for the choice.
A verify by SaharaReporters within the early hours of Saturday confirmed that the platform isn’t any extra lively inside Nigeria apart from these utilizing Virtual Private Network (VPN).
On Twitter, Nigerians who reacted to the information, are adopting Virtual Private Networks instead.
“Set your VPNs to Nigeria and still be getting local content. For me, it’s as if nothing happened. Try it and thank me later,” a Nigerian recognized as @Natasha68324739 wrote on Twitter.
The suspension comes days after a Twitter submit by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 1967 civil warfare was deleted by the microblogging platform.
The sanction of the social media service has continued to spark widespread outrage, with many Nigerians, together with celebrities, condemning the transfer.
Also reacting, the microblogging web site described the directive as “deeply concerning.”