Twitter’s suspension in Nigeria will end once the US social media giant submits to local licencing, registration and conditions, the government said on Wednesday. It also said that Twitter must agree not to promote harmful activities.
Twitter was banned in Africa’s most populous state after it removed a tweet by Nigeria’s President in which he appeared to threaten to punish separatists.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed told AFP Twitter had sought talks with the government, which last week suspended the platform’s operations in the country, saying it was used for activities threatening the country’s stability.
According to Buhari, Twitter has become a platform for incitement of violence by the IPOB group, which is pushing for an independent state and has helped facilitate funding for protests in the country.
“First and foremost, Twitter must register as a company in Nigeria,” the minister said in an interview when asked about lifting the ban.
“It will be licenced by the broadcasting commission, and must agree not to allow its platform to be used by those who are promoting activities that are inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria.”
Other social media sites, such as Facebook and Instagram, will also have to register in Nigeria in order to operate in the country too.