FG said it has no intention of banning any social media platform again

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the Federal Government of Nigeria said it had no intention of banning Twitter or any other social media company.

This was disclosed in a statement issued via Twitter by Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed on Friday.

He emphasized that the government has no intention of restricting freedom of speech, but will continue to work with social media companies on best practices that benefit all parties.

The government’s position: The Minister stated this in reaction to some of the latest developments on Twitter, which he said the Government is closely monitoring. The statement, seen by Nairametrics, said:

  • “We are closely monitoring the evolving developments on Twitter. We never intended to ban any social media platform or restrict freedom of speech. Absolutely not. What happened in the Twitter case is known to all .
  • “We do not intend to ban any social media platform again. But we also cannot sit back and allow any platform to put our country in crisis.
  • But we continue to engage positively with various social media platforms, including Facebook, Google (owners of YouTube) and Twitter.

Latest issues on Twitter: Remember that some of the developments and issues that have arisen since Elon Musk took over the ownership of Twitter have raised concerns about whether the Government of Nigeria may consider banning the company again. As previously reported by Nairametrics, these issues and developments from new rules for parody accountsthe introduction of payment Twitter Blue subscriptionsand the mass layoffs which shook the company and affected employees of Twitter’s Africa Office in Ghana.

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In case you missed it: In June 2020, the Nigerian Government banned Twitter after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet was removed for violating the platform’s rules. The ban lasted until January of this year when the government Office has partnered that it lifted the ban.

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