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Nigeria lifts Twitter ban after seven months

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Nigeria has lifted its ban on Twitter—seven months after clamping down on the social networking site.

Nigeria’s government suspended Twitter last June after the company deleted a tweet by president Muhammadu Buhari about punishing regional secessionists.

Authorities accused the social media firm of siding with the secessionists.

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But the government said it was reversing the ban after Twitter agreed to conditions including opening a local office in Nigeria.

The move allows millions of people in Africa’s most populous nation to use the platform again.

Some users had continued to access the site after the suspension using virtual private networks (VPNs).

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The move last year by Nigeria’s government sparked an international outcry over freedom of speech.

The social media company’s decision to register itself in the country showed it was committed to Nigeria, the country’s information technology development agency said.

Twitter has not yet commented on Nigeria’s decision to lift the ban.—BBC

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