Nigerians react with joy and resolve to lifting of Twitter ban | Social Media News

Lagos, Nigeria – Solomon Elusugi, a journalist based in Lagos, felt very relieved early Thursday after gaining access to Twitter for the first time in seven months.

“It feels like freedom,” Elusuji told Al Jazeera. “As a journalist, I use Twitter a lot to keep track of what’s happening in Nigeria so the last few months have been really tough. So it was really nice to enjoy free access to the site again.”

The Nigerian government said late on Wednesday it would lift a ban on the social media giant’s operations in the country after Twitter agreed to terms including opening a local office.

According to a government statement, the terms also include addressing operational and tax issues and “administering prohibited publications in line with Nigerian law”.

In June 2021, Nigerian authorities announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter in the country, accusing the US-based company of allowing its platform to be used “for activities that would undermine the company’s presence in Nigeria”.

The suspension came two days after Twitter temporarily suspended President Muhammadu Buhari’s account for violating Twitter’s abusive behavior policy following a tweet in which he threatened to punish regional separatists in the wake of attacks on public property.

Many Twitter users at the time, outraged and shocked, cited a wave of popular protests against police brutality, which saw young people mobilized across social media under the hashtag #EndSARS, as one of the reasons behind the move.

The suspension prompted many to turn to virtual private networks (VPNs) to gain access to the online platform. Despite the heavy use of VPNs, experts said the ban sent the wrong signal to foreign investors and hurt small businesses that use Twitter as a source of livelihood.

#EndSARS directions again

Following the government’s announcement, Twitter Public Policy on Thursday said it was “delighted” to restore service to “everyone in Nigeria”.

Amnesty International Nigeria welcomed the lifting of the ban and called on the Nigerian authorities to “end all actions that violate the rights to freedom of expression, access to information and freedom of the press”.

Social media users have also flooded Twitter, in response to the comment lift using hashtags like #TwitterisBack and #TwitterBan. The hashtag #EndSARS has been circulating again as well.

Famous comedian and Nollywood actor Frank Dunga volunteering To help small businesses make up for lost revenue.

Meanwhile, Ridwan Al-Alimi, a Lagos-based lawyer, was raised Fears About telecommunications companies that “prioritized their commercial interests over the basic human rights of Nigerians” during the embargo.

Ekemisit Eviung, head of research at SBM Intelligence, a political risk analysis firm in Lagos, told Al Jazeera that the government’s decision was made keeping in mind the 2023 elections.

“With just over a year approaching, the incumbent ruling party, which has risen to the national stage largely on the back of a successful social media campaign, is realizing how important Twitter is as a public domain for reaching and, more importantly, influencing the views of Nigerians. With this Meaning The ban on Twitter should be evaluated.

Here’s how some other Twitter users reacted to the ban being lifted:


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