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Twitter has reached out for negotiation – FG

By Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

Microblogging and social network giants Twitter has reached out to the Federal Government for negotiations over the recent suspension of its activities, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has disclosed.

Speaking with State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC), Mohammed said Twitter had reached out to the government seeking high-level discussion to resolve the issue.

He said that he got the message on Wednesday morning.

The Minister stressed the micro-blogging platform was suspended because it provided an avenue for people threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.

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According to him, the owner of Twitter helped to fuel the recent #EndSARS protest while allowing the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, use the platform to call for the killing of policemen.

He said Twitter failed to take down Kanu’s tweets despite repeated requests to do so.

Mohammed listed conditions that must be met even if there is a discussion with Twitter including that it must now be registered in Nigeria as a business concern.

Apart from Twitter, he said other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram must be registered in the country.

He said freedom of speech has not been stifled by the suspension of Twitter as Nigerians can still use other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

He dismissed the notion the suspension is not effective, wondering why Twitter is losing money as a result of the action if such view is genuine.

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