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Twitter Meets FG’s Conditions, Read When Ban Will Be Lifted

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Social media company Twitter, has reportedly met the six conditions handed to it by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the ban will be lifted very soon.

The Buhari-led federal government suspended the operations of Twitter in June of 2021, after the company deleted one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweets for violating its platform rules, following reports from multiple users.

Reports has it that the Technical Committee put together by the government to resolve the impasse between the two parties is fine-tuning the offers by Twitter before making a final recommendation to President Buhari.

The president is also awaiting the report of the committee to lift the ban. The president has also agreed in principle that Twitter be restored in Nigeria, according to the report.

There are also indications that the government plans to amend the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Act to include Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other social media platforms.

The conditions Twitter have met are:

  1. Open an office in Nigeria
  2. Have a country representative
  3. Register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)/get National Broadcasting Commission’s licence
  4. Payment of fair taxes
  5. Sensitive to national security and cohesion. It must not undermine the nation’s security
  6. Train Nigerian IT personnel and strategic intelligence officers on how to report twitter abuse /infractions noticed by the government.

From the records, Twitter has finally met six conditions set by the Federal Government for the lifting of the ban on its service in Nigeria as at the close of business in 2021.

Written by: Ayomide Ayodele

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