Twitter restricted in Nigeria after deletion of President’s Tweet

NetBlocks metrics confirm the restriction of Twitter in Nigeria from the morning of Saturday 5 June 2021. The incident comes after a Tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari was removed for breaching the Twitter platform rules.

Network data show that access to the Twitter platform and backend servers is now restricted on leading networks MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9mobile.

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed and his media aide Segun Adeyemi issued a statement on Friday that forebode the ban, citing the persistent “use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

Media reported that the service was initially still working on Friday night. Technical restrictions are found to have come into place some hours later. Affected users are able to access Twitter using VPN services which can work around network restrictions.

Metrics indicate that the ban is in partial effect at the time of writing, affecting some but not all internet users in the country. The company’s link sharing service t.co is also impacted.

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With thanks to EiE Nigeria, Paradigm Initiative and the Twitter user community for coordinating platform checks across Nigeria.


Methodology

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