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Twitter Ban: Trump Praises Buhari For Decision

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Twitter Ban: Trump Praises Buhari For Decision

Former U.S. President Donald Trump has congratulated Nigeria for suspending the operations of Twitter in the country.

Trump, in a statement on Tuesday night, commended Nigeria for the action, calling on more countries to “ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech.”

“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President.

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“More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech – all voices should be heard,” he said.

The Federal Government had on Friday suspended the operations of Twitter indefinitely due to its use for activities that were capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension of the micro-blogging social network, days after Twitter deleted a post by President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly violating its policy.

Trump, who had more than 60 million followers before his suspension, said banning Twitter and Facebook would bring about competition in the social networking sites.

The former U.S. leader also expressed regrets for not taking action against them while he was president.

“In the meantime, competitors will emerge and take hold. Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil?

“Perhaps, I should have done it while I was President. But Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was,” Trump said.

Trump also made a veiled reference to his speculated 2024 presidential ambition by simply saying “2024?”

NEWSRAND reports that Twitter and Facebook had January suspended Trump’s accounts indefinitely.

The two social networking sites claimed that he used the platforms to mobilize his followers to invade Capitol Hill over the outcome of the November 2020 presidential election after he lost.

Facebook had also on Friday announced that it had banned Trump from its two platforms – Facebook and Instagram – for two years, effective Jan. 7, 2021.

Facebook, in a statement by Nick Clegg, Vice-President of Global Affairs, cited “severe violation” after Capitol Hill riots of January 6 and that Trump’s accounts would only be reinstated if conditions permitted.

The former U.S. president had also opened his own personal website, www.donaldjtrump.com, to enable him to continue reaching millions of his supporters.

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Adamu Garba’s ‘Crowwe’ Disappears From Play Store

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Adamu Garba’s 'Crowwe' Disappears From Play Store

Adamu Garba’s Crowwe application has disappeared from the Google play store, leading to controversy among Nigerians on social media.

The Crowwe app, which the former presidential candidate, described as an instant messaging and financial transaction app that comes with a digital wallet that helps to transfer and receive money while chatting, received the worst reviews prior to its sudden disappearance.

Following the announcement of the Twitter ban by the Federal Government, the former presidential candidate presented the Crowwe app as an alternative to the microblogging website that can help “to grow Nigeria.”

“Join Crowwe now! Build your country, Build your people and Build your Brand. Join Crowwe now. This is the best opportunity to grow Nigeria to Build Nigeria, Crowwe to the World,” Garba tweeted.

He also expressed his excitement in an interview with Channels TV that the federal government has banned the operations of Twitter in the country.

Newsrand would recall that prior to Twitter suspension in Nigeria, Garba had called for the ban of the microblogging platform when it deleted president Buhari’s genocidal tweet.

“Twitter has no right to infuse into our local political affairs. It’s a company not a government. By removing our democratically elected President’s speech to the people of Nigeria, Twitter needs to shut down from Nigerian internet space. Twitter need to get out of Nigeria,” he tweeted.

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Lai Mohammed: Twitter In Talks With Buhari Over Ban

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Lai Mohammed: Twitter In Talks With Buhari Over Ban

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has stated that the management of Twitter has reached out to President Muhammadu Buhari for discussion over the recent suspension order slammed on it.

Mohammed disclosed this to State House correspondents after the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by the president at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to the Minister, the management of Twitter was seeking “high-level discussion” to resolve the issue that led to the suspension of its activities in Nigeria.

He said the management reached out to the government, as he insisted that Twitter was suspended because it provided an avenue for those that are threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.

He said once the issue was resolved, Twitter and other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram must now be registered in Nigeria as business concerns.

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Twitter: NBC Directs TV, Radio Stations To Deactivate Their Accounts

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Twitter: NBC Directs TV, Radio Stations To Deactivate Their Accounts

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Nigeria’s broadcast regulator, on Monday, June 7, 2021, issued a directive to all broadcasting stations in the country to suspend their use of Twitter.

In a statement signed by Prof Armstrong Idachaba, the Director-General of NBC, the commission stated: “Broadcasting stations are hereby advised to de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source of information gathering for News and Programmes Presentation, especially Phone-in.”

This development is however coming days after the federal government’s ban on Twitter activities in Nigeria.

As reported on Newsrandthe Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement, citing the persistent use of the platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.

Mohammed said the Federal Government has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.

Twitter had on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet, in which he threatened to treat Nigerians “misbehaving” in “the language they understand.”

The President had in a tweet shared on Tuesday, cited Nigeria’s civil war experience between 1967 and 1970 and noted that most of those “misbehaving” by burning electoral offices were maybe too young to understand the gravity of war.

In the tweet, he also threatened to deal with the arsonists, saying: “Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”

The tweet, however, attracted millions of comments and widespread condemnation, with many Nigerians criticising the President, especially for making reference to the civil war in which millions of Nigerians, mostly of Igbo extraction, were killed.

Some Nigerians had called on Twitter to suspend his account, claiming the President’s tweet “expresses intentions of self-harm or suicide,” as stated on Twitter’s usage policy.

But Twitter, on Wednesday, deleted the message, stressing that the post violated its rules.

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