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Nigeria Govt Finally Lifts Ban of Twitter After 7 Months of Ban

Following a crackdown on Twitter operations in Nigeria that lasted more than six months, the Nigerian government has decided to lift the suspension of Twitter activities there.

Following a note addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari by the country's minister of communications and digital economy, the chairman stated that the authorisation has been granted by the executive branch.

The message also disclosed that the prohibition will be lifted immediately on January 13, 2022, at midnight local time (WAT).

It stated that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, "directs me to tell the public that the suspension of Twitter activity in Nigeria would be lifted effective at 12 a.m tonight (13th of January 2020)," according to the statement released by the federal government.

"In addition, Abdullahi highlighted in the release that Twitter has committed to establish "a legal company in Nigeria within the first quarter of 2022," according to the statement.

According to the statement, the formation of Twitter's legal company is the social media giant's first step toward becoming a legal entity "First and foremost, the United States is proving its long-term commitment to Nigeria.

This was announced by Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture of Nigeria, in August of this year.

According to the president, the prohibition on Twitter in Nigeria would be lifted provided the platform establishes a local office and pays taxes.

There's more to it than that: "Twitter has committed to comply with all relevant tax responsibilities relating to its business in Nigeria, as stipulated by the country's legislation.

Twitter has decided to include Nigeria in its Partner Support and Law Enforcement Portals, according to a press release "The statement went on to say.

Using the portals, Twitter personnel and Nigeria may control forbidden content that breaches Twitter community guidelines, and Nigeria's law enforcement authorities can submit a report when Twitter violates Nigerian law.

Nigeria blocked Twitter in June after the company removed a contentious tweet by the country's president, in which he threatened to punish regional secessionists, from its platform.

President Buhari stated in October, during his broadcast presidential address on Nigeria's 61st Independence Day commemoration, that the ban would only be lifted if the social media behemoth satisfied specific criteria.

A Twitter spokesman also claimed that conversations with the Nigerian government had been "respectful and fruitful" and that the company was looking forward to "having the service restored very soon" in a matching emailed statement to TechCrunch.

TechCrunch reached out to Twitter for comment, as well as to confirm whether or not the business meets the requirements.


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