Nigeria indefinitely bans Twitter, in a tweet
The government of Nigeria announced Friday that it will be banning Twitter in the country. Ironically, the announcement was made in a tweet.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed also announced the suspension in a statement. He reportedly said “the persistent use of the platform” is “capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
As of the time of this report, even the Media Special Assistant to the President Segun Adeyemi still has a Twitter account with over 1500 followers. Even the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture has its account still with over 260,000 followers. It is unclear when the ban will go into effect.
Now, Twitter users worldwide are encouraging Nigerians to download virtual private networks, or VPNs, so that they can still use the platform after it’s banned. Lagos-based NGO Gavel condemned the ban.
Soon, VPN was trending worldwide. It topped the trending list in Nigerian Twitter.
Local entrepreneur Olorunshola Emmanuel tweeted a step-by-step tutorial for fellow Nigerians who are unfamiliar with VPNs. It quickly became his most viral tweet.
You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter, unless you’re in Nigeria and not using a VPN, @jennyjournalism.