Nigeria suspends Twitter days after President Muhammadu Buhari's post removed

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ABUJA: Nigeria said connected Friday it had indefinitely suspended Twitter`s activities, 2 days aft the societal media elephantine removed a station from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish determination secessionists.

Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the authorities had acted due to the fact that of "the persistent usage of the level for activities that are susceptible of undermining Nigeria`s firm existence".

Mohammed did not spell retired what signifier the suspension would instrumentality oregon springiness much details connected the undermining activities. His ministry besides announced Twitter`s suspension connected Twitter.

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When asked astir the details of the suspension, a ministerial adjutant told Reuters: "Wait and spot however things volition crook out."

As of the aboriginal hours of Saturday, Twitter`s website was inaccessible successful Nigeria connected immoderate mobile carriers, portion its app and website worked connected others, according to Reuters tests successful Lagos and Abuja.

Twitter is investigating its "deeply concerning" suspension of operations by the Nigerian government, and "will supply updates erstwhile we cognize more," the institution said successful a statement.

On Wednesday, the U.S. tech steadfast said Buhari`s station threatening to punish groups blamed for attacks connected authorities buildings had violated Twitter`s "abusive behaviour" policy.

In April, the accusation curate reacted angrily erstwhile Twitter chose neighbouring Ghana for its archetypal African office. He said the institution had been influenced by media misrepresentations of Nigeria, including reports of crackdowns connected protests past year.

Demonstrators calling for constabulary betterment had utilized societal media to organise, rise wealth and stock alleged impervious of constabulary harassment. Twitter`s main executive, Jack Dorsey, tweeted to promote his followers to donate.

In the protests` wake, Mohammed called for "some signifier of regulation" connected societal media to combat "fake news".

A spokesperson for Airtel, 1 of Nigeria`s largest mobile carriers, connected Friday declined to accidental whether the institution had received immoderate authorities directives astir the suspension.

MTN, the largest mobile carrier, did not respond to calls and a connection seeking comment.