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Twitter reacts to FG’s move on lifting ban

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The microblogging site, Twitter has reacted to the Federal Government’s decision to lift the restrictions placed on it in Nigeria since June.

Its Public Policy team said in a tweet that they are pleased that Twitter has been restored for everyone in Nigeria.

“Our mission in Nigeria and around the world is to serve the public conversation,” the tweet read.

In a statement, the National Information Technology Development Agency said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the lifting of the suspension on Twitter operation in Nigeria, effective from 12AM.

Nigeria suspended Twitter operations after the company deleted a comment by President Buhari, provoking an international outcry over freedom of expression.

At the time, the presidency had insisted that the suspension had nothing to do with the social media platform’s action.

The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said there had been a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria, where misinformation and fake news thrived, resulting in “real-world violent consequences”.

Meanwhile, the US, European Union, and Canada were among those who joined rights groups in condemning the Twitter ban, saying it damaged freedom of expression in Nigeria.

Twitter had a major role in political discourse in Nigeria, with the hashtags #BringBackOurGirls after Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in 2014, and #EndSARS during anti-police brutality protests in 2020.

Editing by Tony Okerafor