Former United States President, Donald Trump, has congratulated Nigeria for suspending Twitter operations in the country. Trump encouraged more countries to do the same and ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech.
The message is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday night by Trump, who expressed regrets for not taking action against Twitter while he was president.
What Donald Trump said
Trump, in his statement, said, “Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, who just banned Twitter because they banned their President. 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?
Perhaps, I should have done it while I was President. But Zuckerberg kept calling me and coming to the White House for dinner telling me how great I was,” he said.
Trump, who had over 60 million followers before his suspension, said banning Twitter and Facebook would bring about competition in the social networking sites.
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It can be recalled that on Friday last week, the Federal Government suspended the operations of Twitter indefinitely in the country citing double standards by the microblogging firm and the persistent use of the platform for activities that were capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.
The suspension was announced, days after Twitter deleted a post by President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly violating its policy.
Twitter and Facebook had in January 2021, suspended Trump’s accounts indefinitely in the wake of the capitol hill riot and claims that the 2020 US presidential election was a fraud.
The two social networking sites claimed that he used the platforms to mobilise his followers to invade Capitol Hill over the outcome of the November 2020 presidential election after he lost.
Facebook had also on Friday, announced that it had banned Trump from its two platforms – Facebook and Instagram – for 2 years, with effect from January 7, 2021.