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Nigeria government bans Twitter in the country

Suspension comes two days after the social media giant deleted a tweet from President Buhari’s account for violating its rules. The suspension in Africa's most populous country came two days after the social media giant deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari's account for violating its rules

Telecoms operators in Nigeria have restricted access to Twitter, a day after the government announced its indefinite suspension for activities "capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence".

The Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) confirmed its members had received formal instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator, to suspend access to Twitter.

It said in a statement that a robust assessment of the request had been made and that members had “acted in compliance”. "Network data show that access to the Twitter platform and backend servers is now restricted on leading networks MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9mobile," the London-based internet monitor Netblocks wrote on its website on Saturday. Twitter said that the move was "deeply concerning".

"We're investigating and will provide updates when we know more," the company said in a statement.