Biden administration urges Nigeria to unchain Twitter, in the call for ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘democracy’

Arguing that freedom of expression was very important to democracy, the State Department urged Nigeria to reverse its suspension of Twitter, nearly every week after the African country banned the US-based platform for censoring its president. “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian authorities and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter,”

State Department spokesman Ned Price stated on Thursday

including that “unduly restricting” people’s right to “report, gather, and disseminate opinions and data has no place in a democracy.” It was the primary official reaction from the Biden administration on the difficulty, and comes nearly a week after the government in Abuja introduced a suspension of Twitter in Nigeria and a push to have all social platforms licensed through the National Broadcasting Commission, same because the legacy media.

Price’s statement also echoed Twitter’s personal, issued on June 5, calling entry to their platform “an essential human proper in trendy society.” However, the San Francisco-based service was quickly pilloried by critics who identified that Twitter literally censored then-sitting US president – it banned Donald Trump after the January 6 Capitol riot over considerations how his comments could be “received and interpreted” online and off – and lots of others.

The present standoff started

when Twitter invoked the identical pretext it had used to censor Trump through the 2020 riots in the US – that he “glorified violence” or threatened harm to a identified particular person or group – to take down a tweet by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari warning separatists in opposition to setting police stations on fire. The State Department didn’t comment on the censorship of Buhari. Within forty eight hours, nonetheless, Abuja had introduced a ban on Twitter’s operations in Nigeria, saying the US social media platform was endangering its integrity as a state.

Claiming that the US supports Nigeria “as it works towards unity, peace, and prosperity,” Price argued on Thursday that “freedom of expression and entry to info each on-line and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies.” His comments come two days after Trump praised Nigeria’s actions, arguing that “more international locations ought to ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech.” “Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil?” Trump added in an announcement posted on his website, since he has been banned by each main Silicon Valley platform.

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