Twitter Has Reached Out To Us For Talks — FG

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Following the suspension of its operations in Nigeria, Twitter has finally reached out to the federal government seeking high-level discussion to resolve the issue, the Minister of Information and Culture , Lai Mohammed said.

According to the Minister. who disclosed
this on Wednesday to state house correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting insisted that the microblogging platform was suspended because it provided an avenue for people threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.

Mohammed alleged that the owner of Twitter helped to fund 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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