Wednesday, 9 June 2021
“Maybe should have done”
Trump welcomes ban on Twitter in Nigeria
Since Donald Trump was banned from Twitter, he no longer has a good relationship with the company. So he clearly welcomes the fact that the platform has now been blocked in Nigeria. He is also fueling speculation about another candidate.
Former US President Donald Trump has welcomed Twitter’s lockdown in Nigeria. “More countries should ban Twitter and Facebook because they don’t allow free and open expression – all voices should be heard,” said Trump, whose account on the short messaging service was blocked in January. Trump said, “Maybe I should have done this while I was president.”
Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg called him repeatedly, came to the White House for dinner and told him how great he was. At the end of his statement, Trump set “2024? There is another presidential election in America this year. Trump has repeatedly flirted with the fact that he could run for Republican again as a candidate.
The government of the West African state of Nigeria made a surprise announcement last Friday that it would block access to Twitter for much of the country. The platform had previously removed a controversial tweet by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and suspended the head of state’s account for twelve hours.
Trump was banned from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in January, shortly before the end of his presidency. The trigger was an attack on the US Capitol by his supporters – and he expressed sympathy for the attackers. He also claimed without any evidence that his victory in the presidential election in November was fraudulently stolen from him. He increased the tension. Trump is followed by more than 80 million users on Twitter – his account was by far his most important communication channel until it was blocked.
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