Can you imagine the level of hypocrisy and lack of self awareness these Big Tech companies have?
Twitter is suspended “indefinitely” in Nigeria, “for the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence,” according to a statement (threaded on Twitter) from the country’s minister of information and culture. The move comes days after the platform removed a threatening tweet by president Muhammadu Buhari which Twitter said violated its “abusive behavior” policy.
On Saturday, the office of Nigeria’s attorney general and ministry of justice said it would arrest and prosecute anyone who tried to get around the block, CNN reported, and directed government agencies to cooperate with prosecutors “to ensure the speedy prosecution of offenders without any further delay.” Several news reports said people within Nigeria were using VPNs to try to avoid the ban and continue using Twitter.
Facebook and Twitter are constantly blocking and censoring whatever views they don’t agree with. They regularly deplatform groups and individuals, including heads of state.
You will literally be banned from Twitter for claiming that there are only two genders. Numerous Palestinian activists were banned and censored in the latest genocidal attack by Israel.
But when a country blocks Big Tech, then they want to cry about “essential human rights.” It’s hard to believe Twitter’s indignation.
The bigger question is, why aren’t more countries following Nigeria’s lead?
These social media companies have the power to basically disrupt any country they want. If most of a country’s population uses FB, Twitter, etc., then Big Tech essentially dictates what views are allowed to be expressed in that country.
If Big Tech decides to get rid of a ruling party, they flood the population’s Newsfeed with anti-government propaganda, they boost the social media accounts of rebel leaders, they throttle or outright ban government loyalists, etc. Fomenting protest is easy.
Same thing with spreading certain values (kufr, fahisha, taghut) and burying others (tawhid, haya, khilafa).
Any self-respecting country would put strict restrictions on these social media companies, if not outright ban.