Nigeria's Government Suspends Twitter For Deleting President's Tweet
Reader, are you enjoying a nice, weekend getaway to Nigeria? Did you have big weekend plans of ignoring all of the nation's beautiful attractions -- the breathtaking national parks, the delicious cuisine, the exciting museums -- to instead scroll mindlessly through Twitter? Well, folks, it seems your extremely boring plans may be foiled. On Friday, the nation's Ministry of Information and Culture announced that Twitter's operations would be "indefinitely suspended" within the country after the social platform deleted one of President Muhammadu Buhari's posts, that many deemed offensive, according to The Guardian.
"The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria," the agency wrote in a statement surrounding the move. Although it's unclear what, exactly, this suspension entails, with Lai Mohammed, the country's Information Minister, telling Reuters to “wait and see how things will turn out," he spoke candidly about the government's rationale for suspending the site, citing “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
Twitter, naturally, was seemingly not too happy about the move, issuing a statement that they were looking into the “deeply concerning” matter and planned to “provide updates when we know more”.
So, folks, it's been a long weekend for social media and politics. If you needed a sign to get of Twitter and enjoy the nice, summer weather, let this be it.