“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President,” Trump said in a statement on Tuesday. (Editor’s note: Twitter did not ban President Buhari, but it deleted one of his tweets after it was found to have violated the guildlines of hte micro-blogging site. Trump was banned by the firm.)
“More COUNTRIES should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech – all voices should be heard. In the meantime, competitors will emerge and take hold. Who are they to dictate good and evil if they themselves are evil?” Trump added.
The federal government announced last Friday the suspension of Twitter’s operations in Nigeria following the censure of his @MBuhari’s account. Buhari was censored for what Twitter said was “glorifying violence” and making threats – the same grounds Twitter used to censor Trump – and then the White House account – last year, during the riots in Minneapolis and Washington, DC. A lot of Nigerians have continued to access the site through the use of VPN technology.
Twitter eventually banned Trump entirely after the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, while he was still the sitting president. Other social media platforms followed suit.
Trump also seemed to regret not having acted more forcefully against social media platforms while in office. “Perhaps I should have done it while I was President,” he noted in the statement. “But [Facebook CEO Mark] Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was. 2024?”