Nigeria says Twitter, Facebook, others must be licensed before operation

 Nigerian government on Wednesday said all social media companies must be licensed before they operate in the West African country.

Nigeria’s information and culture minister Lai Mohammed told a news conference that he has directed the regulatory agency National Communications Commission (NCC) to commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations.

Mohammed said Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms must be registered in the country.

The minister’s declaration for the social media companies comes a week after the government’s faceoff with Twitter reached a climax over the deletion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet.

Twitter may have its own rules, it’s not the universal rule. If Mr President, anywhere in the world feels very bad and concern about a situation, he is free to express such views,” Mohammed said in reaction to Buhari’s deleted tweet.

“We have a country to rule and we will do so to the best of our ability. Twitter’s mission in Nigeria is very suspect, they have an agenda.”

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