UN flays Nigeria over twitter ban, says it infringes freedom of expression
The United Nations (UN) human rights office has expressed concern over the suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria.
On June 4, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter in Nigeria owing to “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
The suspension came three days after a post by President Muhammadu Buhari on the 1967 civil war was deleted by the microblogging platform.
In a statement on Tuesday via Twitter, the UN said the ban restricts citizens’ right to freedom of expression.
“We are concerned by Nigeria’s #TwitterBan which followed a decision by Twitter to remove a Presidential tweet. Sweeping bans that intentionally prevent or disrupt access to, or dissemination of, information online severely restrict the right to freedom of expression,” it said.
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