Why Buhari Suspended Twitter – Presidency

The Presidency has defined why President Muhammadu Buhari suspended the operation of Twitter in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s data and tradition minister Lai Mohammed had on Friday introduced Twitter’s suspension in an announcement by his media aide, Segun Adeyemi.

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Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman in an announcement launched on Saturday evening, defined that the ban was not all about Buhari’s tweet deleted by Twitter.

The assertion learn, “The temporary suspension of Twitter is not just a response to the removal of the President’s post. There has been a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria, where misinformation and fake news spread through it have had real-world violent consequences. All the while, the company has escaped accountability.

“Nevertheless, the elimination of President Buhari’s tweet was disappointing. The censoring appeared primarily based on a misunderstanding of the challenges Nigeria faces at this time.

“The President in his address at the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA in 2019 said, “the world was shocked and startled by the bloodbath in New Zealand by a lone gunman taking the lives of fifty worshippers.”

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“This and similar crimes which social media networks have fueled risk seeping into the fabric of an emerging digital culture. Major tech companies must be alive to their responsibilities. They cannot be allowed to continue to facilitate the spread of religious, racist, xenophobic and false messages capable of inciting whole communities against each other, leading to the loss of many lives. This could tear some countries apart.

“President Buhari has subsequently been warning in opposition to social media’s disruptive and divisive influences and the federal government’s motion is just not a knee-jerk response to Twitter’s preposterous deletion of his tweet, which ought to have been learn in full. The tweet was not a risk however an announcement of reality.

“A terrorist organisation (IPOB) poses a significant threat to the safety and security of Nigerian citizens. When the President said that they would be treated “in a language they perceive,” he merely reiterated that their force should be met with force. It is a fundamental principle of security services response the world over.

“This is just not the promotion of hate, however a pledge to uphold residents’ proper to freedom from hurt. The authorities can’t be anticipated to capitulate to terrorists.

“IPOB is proscribed under Nigerian law. Its members murder innocent Nigerians. They kill police officers and set government property on fire. Now, they have amassed a substantial stockpile of weapons and bombs across the country.

“Twitter doesn’t appear to understand the nationwide trauma of our nation’s civil struggle. This authorities shall not enable a recurrence of that tragedy.”

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Why Buhari Suspended Twitter – Presidency

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