Aug 14, 2021

Viewpoint: Why Twitter got it wrong in Nigeria

AFP.In our series of letters from African writers, Nigerian journalist and novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers Twitter's power and the Nigerian government's moves to curb it. Following the backlash from the government in June, a few of the Ipob leader's tweets were removed by Twitter. "Twitter had inadvertently selected the leaders of Nigeria's social movement against police brutality and effectively escalated the rivalry that had already fractured the movement," wrote Nigerian journalist Ohimai Amaize. The Nigerian government's conditions for lifting the ban include that Twitter must register its business in Nigeria and have a staff presence in the country. Banning Twitter completely is a barely concealed attempt by the government to stifle voices of criticism, and Nigerians have good reason to be worried.

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