Nigeria has blocked Twitter on mobile networks after a social media company deleted a post by President Mohamed Buhari threatening violence in the Southeast.
In the most populous country in Africa, the vast majority of Internet users use mobile data to access the Internet.
Information Minister Lai Muhammad said on Friday afternoon that the administration had shut down Twitter “for the persistent use of a platform capable of disrupting Nigeria’s corporate existence.”
The site continued to be accessible throughout the evening, but on Saturday mornings it was only accessible via a broadband network.
An estimated 68 million Nigerians subscribe to mobile data plans, which are often shared between multiple users, which, according to December, weakens the number of fixed broadband users. to study By the World Bank G GSMA Commercial Group of Mobile Operators.
Twitter said it was investigating the “deeply troubling” suspension and would provide updates.
The suspension comes months after Twitter chose nearby Ghana as its first African office, bypassing the continent’s largest market, Nigeria, which was seen as a sign of Ghana’s more comfortable business environment, Nigeria’s more mercury regime.
The Nigerian government has launched the idea of regulating social media, particularly in the wake of widespread protests against police brutality last year.
The last step was taken after Twitter on Wednesday took Buhari’s tweet which threatened perpetrators of violence in the restive southeast of the country, citing Nigeria’s brutal civil war of the late 1960s.
The government has blamed violent violence in the region, including sharp prison breaks, election office massacres, police killings and the banned Biafra separatist group.
“Many of those who are behaving badly today are too young to be aware of the devastation and loss of life during the Nigerian civil war,” Buhari wrote in a post now removed.
“Those of us who have been on the field for 30 months, who have gone through the war, we will treat them in a language they understand.”
Twitter stated that the statement violates its offensive policy, which prohibits “content that seeks, hopes, promotes or induces death, serious bodily harm or serious illness in an individual or group of people.”
Buhari, who ruled as a military dictator in the early 1980s, took part in the 1967-1970 civil war, also known as the Biafran War, in which an estimated 1 million Biafrans died of starvation.