The United States on Thursday condemned the Nigerian government for suspending Twitter and targeting individuals using social media sites, including the Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation, and called on African countries to change its decision.
“Excessive restrictions on Nigerians’ ability to report, collect, and disseminate opinions and information have no place in democratic countries. Free speech and access to online and offline information are the foundation of a prosperous and secure democratic society,” said Ned Price, spokesperson for the US State Department. Said in a statement.
Price pointed out that the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria has ordered all television and radio broadcasters to stop using Twitter, calling it a problem.
After the social media giant deleted a post by President Muhammadu Buhari threatening to punish regional separatists, Nigerians suspended Twitter indefinitely last week-this is the government’s posting on Twitter Announcement.
The telecommunications company there subsequently blocked access to the platform, and on Wednesday, the Nigerian government stated that social media companies must obtain a license to operate in the country.
Twitter said it will work hard to restore access. The company and human rights organizations such as Amnesty International also expressed deep concern about the suspension.
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