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Nigerians give muted welcome to Twitter

Nigerians give muted welcome to Twitter

NIGERIANS reacted with mingled relief and indifference to the government's decision to lift a ban on Twitter, saying many in Africa's biggest economy had stayed connected via virtual private networks (VPN). For model Kingsley Osine, the government's decision to end the restriction gave Nigerians their voices back. "It didn't really stop most of us from tweeting, but we were tweeting with fear you know, but now we can tweet freely, we can air our voices freely," said Osine. Announcing the end of the seven-month suspension, the government said on Wednesday the U.S. social media giant had agreed to establish a…
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Nigeria’s Twitter ban is part of a larger attack on civil society

Nigeria’s Twitter ban is part of a larger attack on civil society

NELSON OLANIPEKUN FOUR years ago, Omoregie* and his friends were arrested without cause and taken into custody. When they got to the station, Omoregie watched as the police began to beat his friends. Afraid, he began to discreetly tweet about the attacks as they took place. I and many other Twitter users could read his fears while he called for help through his tweets. Taking action as a lawyer, I was able to secure his release within a few hours with the help of other activists through the police unit responsible for citizen complaints. I had been thinking of Omoregie…
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Twitter ban will harm Nigeria as a technology investment destination

Twitter ban will harm Nigeria as a technology investment destination

IN recent years Lagos, Nigeria’s biggest city, has become Africa’s most attractive tech hub for investors. But that could be imperilled by the government’s decision to suspend Twitter’s operations in the country. TOLU OLAREWAJU, Lecturer in Economics, Staffordshire University Although no direct connection has been drawn, the ban came two days after Twitter took down a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari. Twitter claimed the message had been deleted because it violated its rules against “abusive behaviour”. The ban could be in retaliation. A new chill entered into the relationship between Nigeria and Twitter in mid-April when the social media platform…
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