Following Trump’s praise for Nigeria’s decision to ban Twitter, the Biden administration condemns the country’s decision.
President Joe Biden’s administration has openly chastised Nigeria’s government for banning Twitter and threatening arrests for using it, just days after former President Donald Trump applauded the African country for the move.
In a statement to reporters on Thursday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “Unduely restricting the rights of Nigerians to report, gather, and distribute thoughts and information has no place in a democracy.” “To prosper and secure democratic societies, freedom of expression and access to information, both online and offline, are essential.”
After the firm removed a Tweet from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari that it flagged as abusive and temporarily blocked his account, Nigeria halted Twitter’s activities in the nation permanently last week, threatening to jail Nigerians who seek out alternate ways to use the network.
Trump, who was permanently suspended from Twitter after a mob of his supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6, praised the country’s decision and suggested that he should have done the same after being kicked off the platform, which he used to send direct messages to his supporters and trash his critics.
“MORE COUNTRIES SHOULD BANNON Twitter and Facebook because they do not allow free and open speech—all voices should be heard. Meanwhile, competitors will emerge and seize the initiative,” Trump said in an emailed statement to reporters that echoed his Twitter tone. “Who are they to say what is good and what is bad if they are themselves bad? Perhaps it would have been better if I had done it when I was President.”
Nigeria’s reprisal against Twitter has prompted fury in the country, where the social media website is used by an estimated 40 million people.
Amnesty International Nigeria deplored the government’s attempt to shut down Twitter, which it described as a “social media platform widely utilized by Nigerians to exercise their human rights, particularly their rights to freedom of expression and access to information.”
Amnesty International commented on Twitter, “This conduct is manifestly incongruous and incompatible with Nigeria’s international commitments, especially under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
The Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission has also ordered that all television and radio stations in the country refrain from utilizing Twitter.
“We stand for Nigeria as it strives for unity, peace, and prosperity. This is a condensed version of the information.