The former US president called on other states to follow this example and ban Facebook among others.
Former US President Donald Trump welcomed the decision announced on Monday by the Nigerian authorities to suspend the work of the social network Twitter in this country and called on other states to follow this example and ban the social network Facebook. This was reported on Wednesday by the British Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC, with reference to Trump’s message posted in the Telegram channel.
“Congratulations to the country of Nigeria, which has just banned Twitter for the fact that they [on the social network] banned their president [of Nigeria],” the BBC quoted Trump as saying. – More countries should ban Twitter and Facebook for not allowing free and open speech – all voices should be heard. In the meantime, competitors will arise and gain a foothold. Who are they [these social networks] to decide what is good and what is evil, if they are evil themselves? I probably should have done it when I was president. But Zuckerberg (head of Facebook) called me and came to the White House for lunch, saying how great I was.”
The 45th president of the United States ended his message with the date “2024?” apparently hinting with the question that it is too early to put an end to his relations with the leading social networks of the country. In 2024, the United States will hold another presidential election, and Trump in his recent public statements hinted that he has not given up on presidential ambitions at all.
On Monday, the Nigerian authorities called on all radio stations and TV channels in the country to immediately remove all their Twitter accounts and stop any interaction with the platform. “We advise all audio-visual companies in Nigeria to exit Twitter by deleting their accounts and never use the social network again,” said Armstrong Idachaba, director of Nigeria’s electronic media market regulator. “Any media support for Twitter is unpatriotic.”