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Is the Nigerian Twitter Ban Similar to China’s Restrictions on Foreign Social Media Platforms? Yes… and No.

Lawyer Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa is adamant that Nigeria’s recent crackdown on Twitter is nothing at all like what authoritarian governments in other parts of the world restrict access to social media platforms. “I do not agree,” he said in a story that is widely circulating today on the Nigerian web, “that our beloved nation Nigeria should be ranked amongst countries like China, North Korea, and other totalitarian regimes that have the infamous record of banning, suspending or hindering social media.”

Adegboruwa is channeling the reaction of millions of his compatriots who object to observers equating the behavior of their government, problematic as it may be, with that of far more repressive governments, namely China’s. 

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