Twitter Calls Open Internet an ‘Essential Human Right’ After Being Blocked in Nigeria, Forgets Its Own Censorship
“Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society.” – Unless you’re Trump, apparently.
The government of Nigeria didn’t like the fact that Twitter deleted some comments from their president, so they blocked access to the social media platform.
Twitter, which has banned countless conservatives, including a sitting President of the United States, then had the nerve to release a statement claiming that open internet is an essential human right.
Can you think of a more stunning lack of self-awareness?
Michael Ruiz reports at FOX News:
Twitter declares access to its platform a ‘human right’ amid censorship of conservatives
Twitter declared a free and open Internet to be “an essential human right in modern society” Saturday morning after the Nigerian government banned access to the social media giant following a dispute with its president – even as critics say it suppresses conservative content and bans its own users.
Twitter deleted a fiery tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari that many perceived as a veiled threat against violent separatists in the nation’s southeast – then his government’s information wing responded by banning the social media platform from the country.
“The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria,” the country’s Federal Ministry of Information and Culture tweeted Friday night.
This is how Twitter responded:
“We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria,” Twitter’s Public Policy division tweeted in response. “Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society. We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn.”
Here’s the tweet:
We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society.
We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn
— Twitter Public Policy (@Policy) June 5, 2021
Replies rolled in quickly:
Access to the free & #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society… unless you’re Donald Trump. Or reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop. Or discussing the biology of gender. Or the murderous dictator of Iran. Or a Chinese Communist Party peon lying about COVID. 🤷🏼♀️
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) June 5, 2021
No self awareness None. https://t.co/XhCVKoU2ZO
— H.L. Chiselfritz (@RotNScoundrel) June 5, 2021
You can't possibly say this with a straight face while banning the account of the president of the United States. https://t.co/uEdNKWgJ7Z
— Rising serpent 🇺🇸 (@rising_serpent) June 5, 2021
— didsyan (@didsyan) June 5, 2021
Remember when you locked out the President of the United States? Good times. https://t.co/oczrKF7Bwo
— Anna James Zeigler (@ajzeigler) June 5, 2021
The company blocking a former president’s content from their site believe “access to the internet” is an “essential human right.”
You couldn’t make it up if you tried. https://t.co/ACmzRAAKeY
— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) June 5, 2021
Not sure I understand this. If Twitter can block Nigerians and their elected officials for violating its standards and policies, why can’t Nigeria and its elected officials block Twitter for violating their standards and policies? https://t.co/i4zAXJrWCd
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 5, 2021
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