The Twitter ban in Nigeria has extended to 100 days, during which time the Nigerian government has lost N247.61bn.
The Nigerian Federal government-imposed Twitter ban was imposed on June 4, 2021, following Twitter’s deletion of an offensive tweet by President Buhari, which was found to be in violation of Twitter rules.
Following the announcement of the Twitter ban, telecommunication services and mobile network operators effected the directive to block access to the use of Twitter by Nigerian social media users.
The ban of the use of the social media platform has in the course of the past few months, has necessitated the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), which serve the purpose of bypassing the regular domestic network access to grant users access to Twitter.
Although it was recently rumored that the Nigerian Federal government was in negotiations to see about the reversal of the ban, the ban still remains in full effect.
According to the NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool, the ban costs Nigeria’s economy N103.17m ($250,600) every hour, meaning that in the 100 days for which the ban has lasted, the economy has lost $25,060,000 which is a whopping N10,312,190,000.
By Oluwamayowa Akinyemi
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