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Lai: Recommendations for Twitter will apply to ALL social media platforms

Lai: Recommendations for Twitter will apply to ALL social media platforms
October 18
20:00 2021

Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says the recommendations to lift the ban on Twitter in Nigeria will be applicable to all over-the-top and other social media platforms in the country.

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The minister said this on Monday, when he featured on ‘This Morning’, a programme by Television Continental (TVC).

The federal government had, on June 4, announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operations in the country, while expressing concern over “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”.

Speaking on the latest development on the matter, Mohammed said the recommendations by the team negotiating with Twitter on the suspension of the social media platform would be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari.

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He added that the engagements with the social media platform have been “positive and fruitful”.

“All I can say is that the recommendations we are going to make will not only be applicable to Twitter, but they will be applicable to all OTTs and other social media platforms in Nigeria,” he said.

“Today, we are dealing with Twitter. We don’t want a situation where we will be dealing with Facebook tomorrow and Instagram the next day. Our recommendations will be very comprehensive.

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“You will recall that during the 61st Independence anniversary celebration, the president said Twitter will return to Nigeria as soon as they meet the conditions of government.

“Even last night, the ministerial team met under my chairmanship and we reviewed the position of things.

“I want to say that we should wait for the committee to officially give its reports to the president, but things are looking very positive and rosy.

“After submitting our reports and recommendations to the president, I will be disposed to say what we agreed and what has been met and what has not been met.”

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