TwitterBan: FG directs broadcast stations to uninstall Twitter

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ABUJA – Following the government’ ban on Twitter from operating in Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed broadcasting stations suspend patronage of Twitter immediately. NBC while reminding the broadcasting stations of the consequences of not complying with its directives, also advised them de-install their Twitter handles.

This is contained in a signed by the Acting Director-General of NBC, Armstrong Idachaba and made available journalists.

“Consequent on the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria by the over the persistent of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining the corporate existence of Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission directs all Broadcasting Stations in Nigeria suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately.

“In Compliance to the above directive, Broadcasting Stations are hereby advised to de-install Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source (UGC) of gathering for News and programmes Presentation especially Phone-in,” the said.

NBC reminded broadcasting stations that “Section 2(1) r of the NBC Act entrusts the Commission with to ensure strict adherence to the national laws, rules and regulations.

“Also, section 3.11.2 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code provides that “the broadcaster shall ensure that enforcement is upheld at all times in a matter depicting that and order are socially superior to or more desirable Crime and ”.

The further said attention is also drawn to section 5.6.3 of The Code which requires Broadcasters to be mindful of materials that cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society in the of user-generated content (UGC).

“Note that will be unpatriotic for any broadcaster in Nigeria to continue to patronise the suspended Twitter as a source of its therefore strict compliance is enjoined”, the statement added.

The letter to the stations is reproduced below: