Nigeria Will Arrest and Prosecute Users That Try to Get Around Its Twitter Ban

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Nigeria Will Arrest and Prosecute Users That Try to Get Around Its Twitter Ban
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One day after it banned Twitter, Nigeria announced that authorities would arrest and prosecute users who attempted to use the social network, whose app and website were still available to some in the country on Saturday despite the ban.

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A spokesman for Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s attorney general and minister of justice, revealed the government’s new stance on Saturday, which applies to both individuals and organizations that use Twitter, according to CNN. Nigeria’s government suspended Twitter indefinitely on Friday because of the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence,” sparking local and international condemnation.

The move came after the social network removed a tweet from the country’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, for violating its policy on abusive behavior. Although Buhari’s deleted tweet was not mentioned as a reason for the ban, it is seen by some to be the government’s retaliation for Twitter’s actions.

Earlier this week, Buhari published a tweet threatening to punish people in the country’s southeast region who held secessionist views. CNN points out that Buhari blames secessionists for the frequent attacks on public infrastructure there.