It is a breaking news that twitter , one of the most popular social media apps in the world is not working in Nigeria. This comes as a shocker days after the President – Muhammed Buhari’s tweet was deleted.
By Saturday morning, BBC correspondents in Lagos and Abuja had reported being unable to connect to Twitter via the country’s two main phone networks, MTN and Airtel. Others have been impacted as well. Access was still accessible through select wi-fi providers, although this is not a usual means for Nigerians to connect to the internet.
According to the internet tracking site Trendsmap, search phrases like “VPN” became popular overnight. A VPN – or Virtual Private Network – connection makes it look as though the user is connecting to the internet from another nation, and has been used to circumvent similar restrictions in other nations.
why was the tweet deleted?
The government’s action occurred only days after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet was deleted for violating the site’s regulations, however no mention of this was made in the statement. Mr Lai Mohammed has previously criticized the decision by the US social media company to remove it, calling it “double standards.”
Buhari’s tweet on June 1 linked to the 1967-1970 Nigerian Civil War and urged him to address “those misbehaving now” in “the language they would understand.” At the time, a Twitter official stated that the message “violated the Twitter Rules.” The government’s action occurred only days after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet was deleted for violating the site’s regulations, however no mention of this was made in the statement.
At the time, a Twitter official stated that the message “violated the Twitter Rules.”
Facebook also did the same by banning the post made by the official page of the Nigerian President. Due to these actions, the government decided to ban twitter henceforth requesting all mobile networks to blacklist the twitter domain from access in Nigeria
It started from MTN and Airtel, then GLO AND 9MOBILE also followed suit.