Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR) has announced that it will meet Nigeria’s conditions to end a seven-month ban. The ban was part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s initiative to regulate the platform.
Nigeria is not the only country to try and regulate the internet. Others include Turkey, Indonesia, and India. Experts state that other African countries could follow suit and limit social media from mobilizing the opposition. Moreover, some of the conditions Twitter has agreed to are a cause for concern about its operation in Nigeria.
The agreement could harm human rights
According to U.S NGO Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Director David Greene, Twitter might have agreed to conditions that would give Nigeria the ability to force decisions the company wouldn’t have made otherwise. For example, be government could enforce data demand and take-down orders against Twitter. Greene adds that the company should only have agreed to contributions that supported human rights.
Several human rights groups have revealed that President Buhari and his administration have frequently abused freedom of speech and the rule of law. For instance, activists and journalists have been arrested for openly criticizing the government.
With Twitter agreeing to the regulations, many grow concerned that the company will pull down and flag more tweets. Others worry that the crackdown on social media users will increase.
The company hasn’t responded to any of the criticisms it has received, instead stating that it was glad for the restoration and would remain deeply committed to Nigeria.
The move comes as a surprise to many after Twitter announced in 2021 that it would move its African headquarters to Ghana. Twitter had stated that it advocated for the open Internet, online freedom, free speech, and democracy.
Twitter trends don’t represent real lives
For people working in innovation, marketing, and research, it is common to use Twitter to identify trends. However, the platform doesn’t always give trends. For instance, Twitter has the habit of spreading and amplifying new words. Despite this, many users may not understand the meaning, which disqualifies it as a trend.
As a result, many companies struggle with marketing and innovation when applying these trends in real life.
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