Discussions Are Underway About Ending the Twitter Ban


Thursday, July 08, 2021 / 7:08 PM / by John Campbell of Council on Foreign Relations / Header Image Credit: France 24


The media is reporting that discussions are underway between the Nigerian authorities and Twitter about ending the ban. The proposed APC legislation for a code of conduct framework has not become law.


Awkward relations between Twitter and the Nigerian government and between Jack Dorsey, Twitter's chief executive, and Muhammadu Buhari have a history.


Nevertheless, Nigeria has by far the greatest population in Africa, and, with an underdeveloped banking system, it is a potential market for Square, the highly profitable bill-paying platform for which Dorsey also serves as chief executive.


As for the Twitter ban, it would appear to shoot all parties in the foot one estimate is that the ban costs the Nigerian economy $6 million per day and it is likely that the government will rescind it as part of a face-saving deal with Dorsey. 


The capture of Biafran separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu is likely to increase government self-confidence, thereby facilitating an end to the standoff with Twitter.



The Nigerian President Buhari Clashes With Twitter Chief Executive Dorsey first appeared in CFR.ORG on July 08, 2021

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