Nigeria Government Expects to Lift Twitter Ban by End of the Year

Social media censorship continues in African continent’s most populous country Nigeria. This comes after Information Minister said they likely to lift the Twitter ban by the end of the year.

Speaking to Reuters on Thursday, Nigeria Information Minister Lai Mohammed said Nigeria expects to lift its ban on Twitter before the end of the year. Mohammed said the government was awaiting a response on three final requests made of the social media platform.

The Nigerian government want Twitter to open office in their country, this comes after the California based company opened their Africa head office in Ghana, they want part of the pie too.

Mohammed said the government had reached agreements on seven of 10 requests made to Twitter but was waiting for the company’s response on final issues, including setting up a local office, paying tax locally and cooperating with the government to regulate content and harmful tweets.

“We certainly want to put this behind us before the end of the year,” Mohammed said.

The government suspended Twitter on June 4 after it removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists.

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