U.S. ASKS NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TO UNBLOCK TWITTER

The United States hasurged Nigeria to reverse its suspension of Twitter, nearly a week after the African country banned the US-based platform for deleting a vexatious post by President Buhari.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Thursday that “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter,” adding that “unduly restricting” people’s right to “report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy.”

It was the first official reaction from the Biden administration on the issue, and comes almost a week after the government in Abuja announced a suspension of Twitter in Nigeria and a push to have all social platforms licensed through the National Broadcasting Commission, same as the legacy media.

Ned Price’s statement also echoed Twitter’s own, issued on June 5, calling access to their platform “an essential human right in modern society.”

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