Former President Trump isn’t the only one apparently at war with Twitter. His battle with the app just lead him to have the official White House account post his updates. He didn’t go as far as the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari. He went on Twitter the other day saying he was going to respond to his detractors the only way they understood, saying people didn’t remember the times of the country’s civil war in the 60s. He was referring to the war crimes the government was responsible for at the time when things divulged into bitter violence.
After the app removed that tweet the Nigerian president wrote stating it violated their rules as it came across as a not so veiled threat, he then responded by banning Twitter in the country. The government of Nigeria said in a statement released today, “The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.” The country blamed Twitter “for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
Nigeria’s Information Minister Lai Mohammed accused the app of “double standards.” And they possibly have a point although anyone who has ever found themselves in the crosshairs of social media suspensions and censorship understand that double standards certainly abound.
At this point, the citizens need to speak out as other countries have banned Twitter and other social media services to make sure the public doesn’t know of any abuses going on there. It could be equated to the black newspaper in Wilmington, NC being burned down prior to the blacks being ran out of town into the swamps in the 1890s. No one will find out what isn’t reported on and social media is more efficient than any media company currently out there.