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Twitter Has Agreed To Seven Of Our 10 Demands – FG

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At least seven out of the 10 conditions given by the Federal Government of Nigeria to microblogging and social networking platform Twitter has been acceded to.

The Federal Government listed the demands as part of the conditions for lifting the suspension on Twitter.

Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this in Washington DC during an ongoing engagement with various global media outlets, global think tanks, and influencers.

 

The engagement is to enable the minister to put across the correct narratives about what is happening in Nigeria, showcase government achievements, and present challenges facing the country.

 

During his respective interaction with Reuters, Washington Post, and Bloomberg Quicktake, a live streaming news service, the minister said there is an end in sight for an amicable settlement of the ban.

 

“We believe that even the other three outstanding demands are not really about whether they agreed or not but about timing and scheduling.

 

“That is what gave me the confidence that we are getting nearer to an agreement,” he said.

 

The minister said among the demands made from Twitter was for the platform to register as a Nigerian company, pay taxes from revenue made from the country and ensure that harmful contents are regulated.

 

“As recently as last week, we exchanged correspondence with Twitter, and when I left home a few days ago, we were expecting a reply from them.

 

“It is left to Twitter to respond to the grey areas that we asked them to look into.

 

“We are not inflexible in our negotiation with Twitter because we recognise both the positive and negative aspects of the social media,” he said

 

According to Mohammed, the Twitter ban has been very effective in the country as there has been less harmful and injurious content seen on social media.

The minister added that from the talks the government had with Twitter, when the platform resumes operations, it would not be business as usual.

He said taking cue from the experience with twitter all social media platforms must comply to set down regulations

The minister said the claim that Twitter operation was suspended because it deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet was a mischievous interpretation not grounded in facts.

“Twitter operation was suspended because they were threatening national security, pitching one ethnic group against the other, interfering recklessly in the internal affairs of our country.

 

“It renders its platform as a platform of choice for those who are preaching separatism and lends its resources to protesters against the police without understanding the nuances of our culture,

 

“They raised funds to support EndSARS protesters which led to the killing of 57 innocent civilians, 37 police officers, six soldiers in addition to billions of dollars of destruction in property,” he said.

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