Nigeria on Friday said it had indefinitely suspended Twitter’s activities, two days after the microblogging site removed a post from Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari in which he threatened to punish regional secessionists.
“The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria.” reads a statement from the Nigerian Government on Twitter.
Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the government moved to suspend the social media platform due to “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”
However, going by social media, Twitter is still working in the country despite the claims.
President Buhari’s post threatening to punish groups blamed for attacks on government buildings was removed after Twitter determined the tweet went against their “abusive behaviour” policy, the company said on Wednesday.
The Minister said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting l Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.