Twitter Ban: Nigeria Loses N24.72bn In Ten Days

Nigeria has lost N24.72billion ($60.14million) in ten days to the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, ban in Nigeria, according to NetBlocks Cost of Shutdown Tool.

Nigeria loses N102.9million ($250,600) every hour due to the Twitter ban that took effect on June 5, 2021.

Recall that the Minister of information and Tourism, Lai Mohammed, had earlier this month announced the indefinite suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria.

Mohammed said the Federal Government was forced to act because of “the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

The suspension of Twitter has continued to spark widespread outrage, with many Nigerians condemning the move.

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The Federal Government also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to start the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations.

NBC was also ordered to force broadcast stations – Television and Radio – to stop using Twitter or face the consequences.

The actions are being criticized by Nigerians, countries, local and international organizations.