The United States on Thursday condemned Nigeria for banning the social media platform Twitter and urged the country’s leaders to reverse their decision immediately.
In a statement, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price called on the Nigerian government to respect the right of its citizens to freedom of expression, as reported by Reuters.
“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy. Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies.”
Why Did Nigeria Ban Twitter?
As TechCrunch reported, Nigeria indefinitely banned Twitter after the Silicon Valley giant deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet for violating its terms of service.
The tweet in question threatened to punish with violence a secessionists movement in southeastern Nigeria and apparently violated the social network’s abusive behavior policy.
In addition, all broadcasting media organizations in Nigeria have been ordered to deactivate and delete their accounts on the platform.
In a statement, the Nigerian government said that “broadcasting stations are hereby advised to de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of information gathering for news and programmes presentation especially phone-in.”
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