Nigeria said on Friday it had indefinitely suspended Twitter’s activities, two days after the social media giant removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened to punish regional secessionists.
Information Minister Lai Mohammed said the government had acted because of “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.
And though Minister Mohammed didn’t go into detail about what those “activities” entailed, it was implied that the social tech giant’s decision to remove the Buhari post played a huge factor, if not was the sole determining factor in their drastic move.
Twitter is also saying they are “deeply concerned” about their suspension by the Nigerian government, and “[we] will provide updates when we know more.”
With that said, Twitter’s website and app continued to work in the Nigerian capital Abuja, as well as in the commercial capital of Lagos.
As for why Buhari’s post was removed, Twitter said that it violated the company’s abusive behavior policy. The persistent abuse of the company’s abusive behavior policy is what got former President Donald Trump permanently suspended from the platform.
MITN, Nigeria’s largest mobile provider, did not have any comment, so it wasn’t clear what the next steps will be when it comes to potentially removing a mobile Twitter app from a purchasing platform.
Airtel, another mobile provider in Nigeria, declined to comment about the matter.