#KeepItOn: Nigerians Tweet in Defiance of Government's Twitter Ban
Despite the threat of prosecution, Nigerians continue to tweet about major events happening in the country amid the government's recent Twitter ban.
As with many African who are often subjected to intermittent internet shutdowns and social media bans, Nigerians have found a way around the Twitter ban. Using virtual private networks (VPNs) and the more costly fixed broadband, Nigerians in the country have continued to tweet under the online banner of #KeepItOn while also sharing events happening within the country that are seemingly being suppressed during this time. This however, may come at a major personal cost.
Twitter isn’t just an APP!! Twitter is our emergency help line.. Many Nigerians can testify to that! #KeepitOn— TACHA🔱🇳🇬🇬🇭 (@TACHA🔱🇳🇬🇬🇭)1623039273.0
It took 2 hour for the Federal Government to call a press conference in response to the deletion of Buhari’s Tweet… https://t.co/bW37u7ApDp— Reno Omokri (@Reno Omokri)1623008403.0
Al Jazeera reports that Nigeria's Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, has ordered that those found circumventing the Twitter ban be prosecuted immediately. Details around the prosecution in terms of possible fines or time behind bars, have not been shared as yet.
The Nigerian government has, however, denied that the ban is a result of the President's tweet having been deleted. According to the BBC, they have cited fake news and misinformation as the main cause for the ban saying, "There has been a litany of problems with the social media platform in Nigeria, where misinformation and fake news spread through it have had real world violent consequences."
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