“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because (it) banned their president,” Trump said in a statement posted Tuesday on his website. “More countries should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech—all voices should be heard. In the meantime, competitors will emerge and take hold. Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil? Perhaps I should have done it while I was president. But (Facebook founder Mark) Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was. 2024?”
The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Information and Culture outlawed the social media platform after Twitter excluded a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that threatened secessionist groups in the southeastern part of the African nation that was responsible for attacks on governmental offices, the New York Times reported June 5.
“The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria,” the ministry office said in a post on Twitter. “The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on (June 4), citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria's corporate existence.”
Several local rights groups are taking the government to court to get an order on the ban, and many citizens are working around the prohibition by using a virtual private network to access the server, Aljazeera reported Tuesday.
Both social media companies acted against then-President Trump following the Jan. 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol by Twitter permanently banning him and Facebook suspending his account endlessly.
Both companies said that Trump’s speech on the platforms influenced the riot, which killed five people including a Capitol Police officer and a civilian.
A watchdog group developed by Facebook to examine such choices newly upheld the prohibition for two years but slammed the company for not ensuring its guidelines and rules by originally announcing the indefinite ban.
Facebook said it will evaluate Trump’s “risk to public safety” before allowing him back on the platform, Forbes reported June 4.
“Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75 million people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 rigged presidential election,” Trump said in a June 4 statement. “They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win. Our Country cannot take this abuse anymore!”