Twitter Ban- FG’s Latest Claim Causes Confusion
Federal Government has told a Lagos High Court that it is not stopping Nigerians from accessing social media platform Twitter
It will be remembered that FG issued a Twitter ban on June 4, after which telecommunication companies were ordered to restrict access to the platform
The statement was made after human rights lawyer Inibehe Effiong filed a motion against the government, claiming that the suspension of Twitter is a violation of human rights
The Federal Government of Nigeria has told a high court in Lagos that Nigerians have not been stopped from accessing social media platform Twitter.
This is coming despite a ban that was issued on the microblogging platform on 4 June 2021.
The Buhari-led administration accused Twitter of undermining the country’s ‘corporate existence’ after the president’s tweet was deleted and his account restricted.
After the Twitter ban, telecommunication companies were ordered to restrict users from accessing the platform.
However, many have found a way to bypass this by using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs).
After the ban, a human rights lawyer filed a motion against the government, claiming that his rights and that of other Nigerians were being violated by the government.
However, the federal government deposed an affidavit through Mr Ilop Lawrence, stating that the Twitter ban is not a violation of human rights because Nigerians are still using Twitter.
The affidavit reads;
“The applicant (Effiong) and the class he seeks to represent can still operate those Twitter accounts from anywhere in the world and even from Nigeria.
Nigerians are still tweeting, even at this moment as the ban on Twitter is not aimed at intimidating Nigerians or an infringement on the rights of Nigerians to express their opinion.”
The government also disclosed that Nigerians have not been restricted from using other social media platforms.