We Gave Twitter ‘A Lot Of Conditions’ To Fulfil Before Ban Is Lifted – Keyamo
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, said the Federal Government gave Twitter “a lot of conditions” to meet before the ban placed on is microblogging app in Nigeria is lifted.
According Keyamo, the company agreed to fulfill all the conditions to have the suspension lifted.
The minister disclosed this while featuring on Channels TV’s ‘Sunday Politics Today’ on Sunday.
Keyamo, who is a member of the committee set up to engage Twitter over its suspension, said the company “agreed to all the conditions” levied against it.
“The reason why the president took that step is to recalibrate our relationship with Twitter and not to drive them away from our country.
“That recalibration, we have started it and the president graciously added me to the committee,” he said.
He said the committee then came up with conditions for the tech giant to fulfill, and that it was Twitter who first reached out to the government to find out what they could do to have the suspension lifted.
“We also set up a technical committee to interface with Twitter and come up with a lot of conditions for them to fulfil for us to lift the suspension.
“It was Twitter that reached out to the federal government to say they want to know what and what they can do to straighten up the relationship with the federal government and so, we have gone far but I may not, at this forum, let out a lot but we gave them a lot of conditions and they have agreed to all the conditions,” he said.
The social media giant was banned in Nigeria in June after a tweet made by President Buhari was removed from the platform for going against its rules.
The government, however, maintained that the ban was not because the president’s tweet was deleted.