Donald Trump backs Nigeria’s Twitter ban and says he should have done the same as president

Trump praised Nigerian president for decision to prohibit Twitter while expressing regret about not doing the same

Clara Hill
Wednesday 09 June 2021 12:03 BST
Trump said he wished he had banned Twitter in America
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Former President Donald Trump has lauded the government in Nigeria for their decision to ban Twitter from the country.

In a statement, Trump, who is banned from the social networking site, released a statement implying that he wished he had done the same.

“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President. “More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech — all voices should be heard.

“In the meantime, competitors will emerge and take hold. Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil? Perhaps I should have done it while I was President. But Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was. 2024?”.

Twitter did not ban the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari. In actuality, they merely removed a tweet they felt violated their terms and conditions as it appeared to flame tensions between separatist groups in the Biafra region.

In response to his tweet’s deletion, Buhari disallowed the platform to be accessed in the West African country.

Trump was removed from a variety of social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, over the deadly 6 January insurrection.

In a blog post, Twitter defended their decision to remove Trump because he is “not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things.”

In response to Nigeria’s ban, the social networking site said the country was breaching human rights.

“We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right,” Twitter said.

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