Tag: Twitter

Davido Expresses Delight as Voters Refuse to Sell Their Votes
Africa, Elections, Music, Nigeria

Davido Expresses Delight as Voters Refuse to Sell Their Votes

Award-winning Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido expresses delight over voters' comportment during the Osun governorship election. The “Stand Strong” hit singer applauds the voters for rejecting pecuniary offers from vote buyers to sell their votes. See Also: Osun Elections: EFCC Deploy Operatives To Checkmate Vote Buying Davido described the action of the voters as hope for a better Nigeria. He made this statement known via a tweet on Twitter. Davido tweeted “People rejecting money being offered to them left n right of the state today … GREAT TO SEE … there is still hope for Nigeria,” Source: The Nation
Buhari Orders Conditional Lifting Of Ban On Twitter
Breaking News, Communication, Information Technology, News, Nigeria

Buhari Orders Conditional Lifting Of Ban On Twitter

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Friday, said he had directed a conditional lifting of the ban placed on the operations of the microblogging site, Twitter, in Nigeria in June. Buhari disclosed this in his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians to mark the nation’s 61st independence. He described the social media as a very useful platform but regretted that some users have misused the platform to organise, coordinate, and execute criminal activities, propagate fake news, and promote ethnic and religious sentiments. The President said, “Social media is a very useful platform that has enabled millions of Nigerians to connect with loved ones, promote their businesses, socialise, and access news and other information. “However, recent events have shown that the p...
Lai Mohammed Denies Meeting Twitter Executives In The US
Information Technology, News, Nigeria

Lai Mohammed Denies Meeting Twitter Executives In The US

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the online media report that he “sneaked out of Nigeria to meet with Twitter executive’’ in the U.S. is fake. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Washington on Wednesday, the minister said his official visit to the U.S. has nothing to do with the microblogging and social networking platform. Mohammed said he was in the U.S. to meet with international media organisations and think tanks on the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and efforts made so far in tackling insurgency, banditry and all forms of criminality. He said the online report was an example of the danger fake news and unregulated social media portend for the country. “Can a minister sneak out of Nigeria w...
Democracy Day: Twitter CEO Tweets Nigerian Flag
Communication, News, Nigeria

Democracy Day: Twitter CEO Tweets Nigerian Flag

The Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, has tweeted the Nigerian flag on Saturday as the country marked its 2021 Democracy Day. Dorsey’s tweet, which was posted hours before the ongoing nationwide protests in Nigeria, has excited several Nigerians, leading to thousands of retweets. Many tweeps including known faces such as @HenshawKate and @mrfestusogun have since hailed the co-founder of the micro-blogging platform for showing solidarity with Nigerian citizens amid the struggle for good governance, a better economy and an end to the security challenges plaguing over 200 million people living in Nigeria. Reacting, lawyer and activist, Ayo Sogunro, tweeted “In 2019, I mocked people who went to meet-and-greet Jack when he visited Nigeria. I’m like that: I hate the way w...
FG Can Handle #Twitterban Better –Sanwo-Olu
Communication, Nigeria

FG Can Handle #Twitterban Better –Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, says the Federal Government can handle the Twitter imbroglio better, adding that the government can sign ‘rules of engagement’ with the San Francisco-based social media giant on Twitter usage in Nigeria. He stated this on Monday while featuring on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ programme monitored by newsmen. According to him, “People are losing money but there are also security issues. Let us be circumspect and not throw the baby away with the bathwater.” Last week, the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria, citing the “persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”. The Federal Government’s action followed a del...
MTN, Airtel, Glo, Others Implement FG’s Twitter Ban Order
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MTN, Airtel, Glo, Others Implement FG’s Twitter Ban Order

Telecommunication companies in Nigeria among whom are MTN, Airtel, Glo and 9Mobile have commenced blocking user’s access to Twitter, African News Today has gathered. The telcos acknowledged receipt of a directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, to block access to Twitter in Nigeria following the suspension imposed on the microblogging platform by the Federal Government on Friday. Twitter users in Nigeria on Saturday reported difficulty in accessing their Twitter accounts while some successfully accessed theirs using Virtual Private Networks, VPN. In a statement released on Saturday, titled, ‘Order to Suspend access to Twitter’ mobile network operators in the country under the auspices of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria, however...
NCC Orders Telcos to Effect Twitter Ban
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NCC Orders Telcos to Effect Twitter Ban

Telecoms operators said they have received instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to effect suspension of services of micro blogging platform Twitter. The carriers, acting under the aegis of Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), said they have conducted assessment of the request according to international best practices. Its Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo, in a statement, said: “We, the Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) wish to confirm that our members have received formal instructions from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator to suspend access to Twitter. “ALTON has conducted a robust assessment of the request in accordance with internationally accepted principles. “Ba...
FG Suspends Twitter Operations in Nigeria
Communication, News, Nigeria, Press Statement

FG Suspends Twitter Operations in Nigeria

The Federal Government has suspended indefinitely the operations of the micro blogging and social networking service, Twitter in Nigeria. Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed announced the suspension in a statement in Abuja on Friday. The Minister cited the persistent use of the platform for activities capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence. He said the Federal Government had also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in the country. The statement was released by Mr Segun Adeyemi, Special Assistant to the President (Media) Office of the Minister. (NAN)  
Twitter Favours Nigeria, Turkey to Test Voice Messaging Feature
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Twitter Favours Nigeria, Turkey to Test Voice Messaging Feature

A popular social messaging platform, Twitter, has added a voice messaging feature to its offerings, choosing Nigeria and Turkey as choice pioneer countries to experiment it before rolling it out globally. The choice of Nigeria is speculated to be connected to the huge subscription it enjoys from Nigeria. Statistics suggest over 7 million Nigerians use Twitter. The voice messaging feature will afford users a limit of 140 seconds for each recording. Twitter while adducing the rationale behind the feature said that there’s a lot that can be left unsaid or un-interpreted using text, and, so with the voice features it hopes to create a more human experience for listeners and storytellers alike. The company in a statement said, “We want to encourage everyone to start private conversa...
Twitter launches Emoji for Davido’s “E Choke” Slang
Celebration, News, Nigeria, Youths

Twitter launches Emoji for Davido’s “E Choke” Slang

Popular micro-blogging platform, Twitter on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, officially endorsed DMW Boss, Davido’s “E choke” slang with the introduction of an Emoji. 30BG Boss, Davido, is not only known for dropping steady hits and bangers but has proven time and time again to be a trendsetter and major social media influencer. Sometime in 2020, the steady hit-maker had introduced ‘E choke’, which eventually became accepted not just locally but internationally among celebrities, his fans and social media users in general. The slang is used to when you desire some to feel or show intense shock, surprise or wonder. When you tweet something using the #EChoke, a portrait of Davido holding his neck will appear, giving your tweets a little extra flair. The very much elated “E Choke” croon...