FG Says Twitter Has Reached Out For Negotiation

The Federal Government on Wednesday said the popular American microblogging and social network site, Twitter, has reached out for negotiations over the recent suspension of its operations, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has said.

Speaking with State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC), Mohammed said Twitter had reached out to the government seeking high-level discussion to resolve the issue.

He said that he got the message on Wednesday morning.

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The Minister stressed the micro-blogging platform was suspended because it provided an avenue for people threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria.

Mohammed however listed conditions that must be met even if there is a discussion with Twitter including that it must now be registered in Nigeria as a business concern.

Apart from Twitter, he said other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram must be registered in the country.

He said freedom of speech has not been stifled by the suspension of Twitter as Nigerians can still use other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram.

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