Former US president Donald Trump has praised Nigeria’s authorities for banning Twitter after it deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s publish for breaching its guidelines.
“Who’re they to dictate good and evil, in the event that they themselves are evil?” Mr Trump stated in a press release.
He urged different international locations to ban Twitter and Fb for not permitting “free and open speech”.
Mr Trump was banned from each platforms after the US Capitol riot in January.
His posts earlier than and after the raid have been alleged to have inspired violence.
Whereas Twitter made its ban everlasting, Fb introduced final week that its suspension, together with of the previous president’s Instagram account, would final at the very least two years.
What did Trump’s assertion say?
“Congratulations to the nation of Nigeria, who simply banned Twitter as a result of they banned their president,” he stated in a press release launched on Tuesday.
He prompt that he ought to have banned Fb whereas he was in workplace, however stated the corporate’s boss Mark Zuckerberg “stored calling me and coming to the White Home for dinner telling me how nice I used to be”.
Mr Trump additionally backed unnamed rival social media platforms, saying they “will emerge and take maintain”.
The forty fifth US president has struggled for consideration since his entry to Twitter and Fb was blocked. A web site he launched final month to get his phrase out was closed due to poor site visitors.
Why did Nigeria ban Twitter?
The authorities in Nigeria accused the platform of threatening the nation’s “company existence” by permitting “misinformation and pretend information to unfold.”
The ban adopted the elimination of President Buhari’s tweet, which referred to Nigeria’s civil struggle 4 a long time in the past, and included a veiled risk in the direction of these backing a secessionist motion within the south-east of the nation.
His authorities stated on Saturday the tweet’s elimination was “disappointing”, however was not the one motive for Twitter’s “short-term” suspension.
Info Minister Lai Mohammed advised the BBC Deal with Africa programme that the platform was being utilized by Nnamdi Kanu, the chief of separatist group Ipob, to direct assaults towards the federal government within the south-east area.
“That is executed constantly and wilfully with out penalties,” he stated.
The skilled physique of Nigerian cell phone operators – generally known as Alton – stated its members had been advised to dam entry to Twitter.
The authorities have since stated they’ll prosecute anybody discovered to have breached the ban, nevertheless they haven’t but introduced any arrests.
A bunch of human rights organisations says it has filed a case with a West African regional court docket towards the Twitter ban, saying it contravenes the correct to the liberty of expression.
It has additionally been condemned by some Western international locations and the physique representing Nigeria’s legal professionals.
Many Nigerians, together with distinguished politicians, information web sites and church buildings, are persevering with to tweet utilizing Digital Non-public Networks (VPNs).
Twitter stated the ban was “deeply regarding”.
In the meantime, Nigeria’s nationwide broadcasting regulator, NBC, introduced that it will start “licensing all web streaming companies and social media operations in Nigeria”, a authorities assertion stated.