Nigeria – Nigeria’s Twitter ban is a misplaced priority (Brookings)

Figure 1. Top 50 most retweeted users in collection

Source: Authors, using data from Twitter

Mary Blankenship and Christina Golubski

In early June 2021, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter after the platform deleted one of his tweets and temporarily suspended his account. The tweet pertained to Nigerian secessionists and to treating “those who misbehave today” in “the language they will understand,” infringing on Twitter user rules prohibiting content that threatens or incites violence. Despite the ban, many Nigerians still have access to the site using virtual private networks (VPN) and can share their opinion on other apps, like Indian-based microblogging site Koo.

Nigeria’s Twitter ban is a misplaced priority (