We’re working on bypassing ban for Nigerians: Twitter

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Hours after Nigerians were barred from accessing Twitter, the micro-blogging platform has said it is working to ensure Nigerians bypass the ban placed on its Uniform Resource Locator (URL).

“We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society,” the U.S-based company said through its Public Policy page Saturday afternoon. “We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn”

The Nigerian government banned citizens from accessing the social network by ordering telecommunication service providers to block the URL of Twitter.

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It accused the micro-blogging site of double standard after a remark of President Muhammadu Buhari on the platform adjudged genocidal was deleted, an action also taken by Facebook, another social network.

Despite the ban, Nigerians have opted for Virtual Private Network (VPN) to gain access to Twitter, which many, including governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, said has become the source of livelihood of most Nigerians.