Federal government revealed that other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and others that may disrupt Nigeria’s unity will be banned.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed this when he appeared before the Joint Committee on Information, Justice, and Communication of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, 22nd of June, 2021 in Abuja.
He said, “We want Twitter to be registered first in the country before they can operate.”
When asked if any channel of dialogue had been opened with Twitter, Lai Mohammed said, “We tried to but they rebuffed us. They are not known to us. They are not registered, but we hope we will be able to engage them.”
He noted that the social media platform had no investment in Nigeria, but in Ghana, while the target market was Nigeria.
The minister also denied the claims that the suspension was intended to stifle free speech and press freedom.
“There was no intention of the federal government to stifle free speech in the country. The only reason we suspended Twitter is that it was promoting disunity. Its activities are inimical to the unity of the country,” Mohammed insisted.
He added that if other social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Google Hangout, and others are found to be encouraging posts or utterances that could destabilize the country, the government will not hesitate to suspend them.