Nigerian government puts indefinite ban on twitter after deletion of president’s tweet

"The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria," ministry of information and culture spokesman Segun Adeyemi said in a statement on Friday.

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A day after Nigerian government’s indefinite suspension of Twitter, telecom operators in the country restricted the social media platform. The suspension has come what are being called activities “capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.The move has been condemned by international human rights groups.Twitter suspension in Nigeria came two days after the platform deleted a tweet from president Muhammadu Buhari for violating rules.

“The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria,” ministry of information and culture spokesman Segun Adeyemi said in a statement on Friday.The Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) confirmed its members had received formal instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator to suspend access to Twitter.

The association said in a statement that a robust assessment of the request had been made and that members had “acted in compliance”.”Network data show that access to the Twitter platform and backend servers is now restricted on leading networks MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9mobile,” the London-based internet monitor Netblocks wrote on its website Saturday.

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