Donald Trump praised Nigeria’s Twitter ban in a statement and said he wished he had done the same when he was president of the United States.
Trump also seemed to suggest he would consider banning Twitter if he were re-elected in the 2024 presidential election.
“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, which just banned Twitter for banning their president. More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook because they don’t allow free and open speech – all voices must be heard,” Trump said.
“In the meantime, competitors will pop up and hold on. Who are they to dictate right and wrong if they themselves are bad?’
He continued, “Maybe I should have done it when I was president. But Zuckerberg kept calling me and came to the White House for dinner and told me how wonderful I was. 2024?’
Donald Trump praised Nigeria’s Twitter ban in a statement, saying he wished he had done the same when he was president of the United States
President Buhari’s tweet reportedly referred to the bloody civil war in the Nigerian region of Biafra in the late 1960s that killed a million people.
Twitter had deleted a tweet from Buhari that was seen as a threat to separatist movements, with Twitter saying it violated its policies. Nigeria then banned Twitter from the country
Trump also seemed to suggest he would consider banning Twitter if he were re-elected in the 2024 presidential election in his statement.
Trump’s statement also seemed to confuse Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, right, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left
The statement erroneously stated that Twitter had banned Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. The social media company had deleted a tweet from Buhari perceived as a threat to separatist movements, with Twitter saying it violated its policies.
Trump’s statement also seemed to confuse Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
He was branded a ‘wannabe dictator’ by journalist Andrew Feinberg. The former president used his Twitter account to make big announcements, sort out fights and often seem to share his stream of consciousness with his 88.7 million followers.
Trump was permanently banned the day after the deadly January 6 Capitol riot after Twitter accused him of using his account — which had nearly 90 million followers — for inciting violence.
Trump has also been banned from Facebook for two years after Zuckerberg’s company put a seemingly finite end to Trump’s ban on the platform.
President Buhari’s tweet reportedly referred to the bloody civil war in the Nigerian region of Biafra in the late 1960s that killed a million people in what some saw as a veiled threat to modern separatists.
“Those of us who have been in the field for 30 months and lived through the war will ‘treat the Separators’ in the language they understand,” reads the tweet from Buhari – who was a military officer in the Civil War.
Twitter deleted the tweet, saying it violated its “offensive behavior” policy. Company rules prohibit promoting or threatening violence.
Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Information and Culture then tweeted on Friday that the social media account would be banned across the country, with violators reportedly being prosecuted.
“The federal government has indefinitely suspended the activities of the microblogging and social networking service Twitter in Nigeria,” the ministry tweeted.
Trump was permanently banned the day after the deadly US Capitol riot on January 6.
Twitter accused Trump of using his account – which had nearly 90 million followers – to incite violence
With the Washington Monument in the background, people attend a rally in support of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, January 6.
Twitter on Saturday declared access to its platform a “human right” following the ban in Nigeria.
“We are very concerned about the ban on Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society,” the company said in a statement.
“We will work to restore access for everyone in Nigeria who depends on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #Keep it on.’
The United States Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria also addressed the Twitter ban in a statement, condemning Nigeria for the ban.
“The Constitution of Nigeria provides for freedom of expression. The government’s recent Twitter ban undermines Nigerians’ ability to exercise this fundamental freedom and sends a bad message to its citizens, investors and businesses,” the mission tweeted.
“Banning social media and limiting every citizen’s ability to seek, receive and transmit information undermines fundamental freedoms.”
The statement continued: “As President Biden has stated, our need for individual expression, open public conversation and accountability has never been greater. The way to a safer Nigeria lies in more, not less, communication, in addition to joint efforts for unity, peace and prosperity.’
While he was president, Trump tried numerous times to block access to the Chinese company TIkTok, but his efforts were repeatedly blocked by federal judges, as noted by Forbes.