State Dept. Condemns Nigeria’s Retaliatory Twitter Ban

The U.S. Department of State on Thursday condemned the Nigerian government for suspending Twitter and targeting individuals who use the social media site, including Nigerian broadcasters, and called for the African nation to reverse its decision after Twitter temporarily froze Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s account for violating its “abusive behavior” policy, according to Axios.

“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy. Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

Price observed that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission had ordered all television and radio broadcasters to stop using Twitter, also calling it a ”concern.”

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