Nigeria suspends Twitter after the social media platform freezes president’s account Twitter banned in Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet removed
The Nigerian government has said it will ban Twitter indefinitely after the social media platform deleted a controversial tweet by the country’s president.
With the news made on the social networking platform, however, no time has been given for when the ban will begin.
On Wednesday, Twitter removed the tweet, citing it as offensive, and the Nigerian government announced the website’s probable suspension on Friday.
The full tweet from President Buhari said: “Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War.
“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
In a statement, Twitter said it was investigating the “deeply disturbing” suspension of the platform in Nigeria.
The country’s information minister, Lai Mohammed, said the step was taken because Twitter was being used “for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
He added that “the mission of Twitter in Nigeria is very suspicious”, and that the site had ignored past tweets “inciting” against the state.
Users reported still being able to get on to the platform on Friday – and others said they would just use a virtual private network (VPN) to get past any ban.
A VPN allows people to get around local blocking of websites by accessing the internet through a machine located in a different part of the world.
The irony of the announcement being made on Twitter was not lost, with one person replying: “You’re using Twitter to suspend Twitter? Are you not mad?”
What Is VPN, How To Use It (Free & Paid Versions)
At this point, the only way to bypass the suspension is by using a VPN.
What Is VPN?
VPN is a “Virtual Private Network” extends a private network across a public network and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.
Why You Need A VPN Right Now?
A virtual private network (VPN) gives you online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection. Most important, VPN services establish secure and encrypted connections to provide greater privacy than even a secured Wi-Fi hotspot.
How To Set Up A Free VPN
- Go to the website of your desired VPN and click through. Preferably, go to Google play store.
- Install the VPN on your device.
- Run the app and select your preferred protocol.
- Choose the server location that you would like to connect from.