Ban: Twitter now partially restored in Nigeria

The ongoing talks between the federal government and Twitter seems to be truly leading to a possible resolution as the government has partially eased off restrictions on the microblogging site.

While there is no official statement from the government in this regard, NewsClickng’s findings revealed that Nigerians can now access Twitter via desktops.

For users, access to the microblogging site appears to have been restored on computer systems. However, trials via the mobile phone were not successful.

The Federal Government had on June 4 announced the indefinite suspension of the operations of the microblogging and social networking platform in the country, days after Twitter deleted a tweet by the President Muhammadu Buhari, which it said violated its rules.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had cited ‘the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence’ as the reason for the suspension.

Recall that Mohammed recently said that the Twitter ban in Nigeria will be lifted soon.

He stated this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of a recent virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the First Lady’s Conference room, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Minister who was asked to give an update on the Twitter ban in Nigeria and the interface with the company said, “The end for amicable resolution is very much in sight

Meanwhile, Twitter has launched a feature to tackle abuse and trolling, which had become major issues for the platform.

The company said this on its platform.

As the company is under increasing pressure to protect its users from online abuse globally, the new feature is expected to automatically block hate speech.

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