Nigeria Government Lifts Twitter Ban but Demands Certain Conditions are Met

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After a four-month Twitter ban in the West African nation, the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the ban be lifted on Friday on conditions the microblogging platform is used for “business and positive engagements,” Bloomberg reports.

In June, the Nigeria Government suspended Twitter indefinitely citing “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence,” after the social media platform deleted a Tweet from the President for violating its terms. Twitter reacted saying it was “deeply concerned” and that having access to the open internet is an “essential human right.”

As a country, we are committed to ensuring that digital companies use their platform to enhance the lives of our citizens, respect Nigeria’s sovereignty, cultural values and promote online safety,” President Muhammadu Buhari said in a speech emailed by the presidency.

In an email to The Verge, a Twitter spokesperson said talks had been “respectful and productive” and that the social media platform will continue “to engage with the Nigerian government and we are committed to charting a path forward to the restoration of Twitter for everyone in Nigeria.”

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