|Twitter has been blocked in Nigeria since last June. The move by Nigeria's government sparked an international outcry over freedom of speech. Activists used it to rally support during protests against police brutality under the hashtag #EndSars, which gained global attention. (File photo by= AFP)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] Nigeria has lifted its ban on Twitter, seven months after clamping down on the social networking site. BBC said that Nigeria's government suspended Twitter last June after the company deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari about punishing regional secessionists.
Authorities accused the social media firm of siding with the secessionists. But the government said it’s reversing the ban after Twitter agreed to conditions including opening a local office in Nigeria. Twitter didn’t say if it had agreed to the government's demands but tweeted that it’s "pleased" to be restored in the country and was "deeply committed to Nigeria". The move allows millions of people in Africa's most populous nation to use the platform again.
Analysts believe the ban has cost the Nigerian economy millions of dollars, especially the small businesses which use the platform to reach their customers. The social media company's decision to register itself in the country showed it was committed to Nigeria, the country's information technology development agency said. The government had ordered internet providers to block Twitter, alleging it’s being used to undermine "Nigeria's corporate existence" through the spreading of fake news that could potentially have "violent consequences". Twitter is popular with many Nigerians, and the platform has been used as a mobilizing tool.