Twitter ban to be lifted soon – FG

Twitter ban to be lifted soon – FG

The Federal Government is set to lift the ban on the operations of micro-blogging site, Twitter in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Lai Mohammed made this known at the end of the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held today; Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The meeting was presided over by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

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Specifically, the Minister stated that the ban on Twitter by the Federal Government will be lifted in a matter of days. While giving an update on the government’s negotiation with the management of Twitter; the Minister revealed that most of the conditions given to them have been accepted.

He said the areas still pending such as the siting of an office in Nigeria; as well as having a Twitter staff of management cadre that will serve as the country representative, were being discussed.
He stated that while Twitter had accepted to set up an office in Nigeria; it is however insisting that the earliest it can establish it is 2022.

Nevertheless, the Minister expressed confidence that the outstanding issues would be resolved in a few days or weeks.

1st News reports that the Federal Government placed a ban on Twitter operations in Nigeria in June 2021. The development came after a tweet referencing the bloody Nigerian civil war by President Muhammadu Buhari was taken down for allegedly violating Twitter’s community standards.

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