FG in Talks with Twitter over Suspension

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The Federal Government says it is in discussions with Twitter after it suspended the social media giant’s operations in the country.

Foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama in a meeting with diplomats on the issue yesterday said there are discussions ongoing with Twitter, we will see how that progresses.

The Government said it was suspending the platform on Friday. The suspension came into effect on Saturday as many Nigerian users resorted to Virtual Private Networks to access Twitter.

Earlier yesterday, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) directed all TV and radio stations to “suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately,” describing its use as unpatriotic.

More than 39 million Nigerians have a Twitter account, according to NOI polls, a public opinion and research organisation.

Some Nigerian broadcasters are concerned the clampdown on Twitter is part of more general crackdown against the media.