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BREAKING: FG Orders Conditional Lifting Of Ban On Twitter

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, said he had directed a conditional lifting of the ban placed on the operations of the micro blogging site, Twitter, in Nigeria in June.

This was disclosed in his nationwide broadcast to Nigerians to mark the nation’s 61st independence.

However, the President said, the lifting of the ban is based on Twitter meeting the conditions set by the Presidential Committee (and its Technical Team) over which they engaged with Twitter.

The federal government had banned Twitter in June, ironically making the announcement via Twitter.

Although the presidency has giving on resolution of the issues, this is the first time Buhari is being categorical.

He described the social media as a very useful platform but regretted that some users have misused the platform to organise, coordinate, and execute criminal activities, propagate fake news, and promote ethnic and religious sentiments.

The President in his Independence Day speech said, “Social media is a very useful platform that has enabled millions of Nigerians to connect with loved ones, promote their businesses, socialise, and access news and other information.

“However, recent events have shown that the platform is not just an innocuous platform for information dissemination.

“Rather some users have misused the platform to organise, coordinate, and execute criminal activities, propagate fake news, and promote ethnic and religious sentiments.

“To address these negative trends, the Federal Government of Nigeria suspended the operations of Twitter in Nigeria on June 5, 2021 to allow the Government put measures in place to address these challenges.

“Following the suspension of Twitter operations, Twitter Inc. reached out to the Federal Government of Nigeria to resolve the impasse. Subsequently, I constituted a Presidential Committee to engage Twitter to explore the possibility of resolving the issue.

“The Committee, along with its Technical Team, has engaged with Twitter and have addressed a number of key issues. These are National Security and Cohesion; Registration, Physical presence and Representation; Fair Taxation; Dispute Resolution; and Local Content.

“Following the extensive engagements, the issues are being addressed and I have directed that the suspension be lifted but only if the conditions are met to allow our citizens continue the use of the platform for business and positive engagements.

“As a country, we are committed to ensuring that digital companies use their platform to enhance the lives of our citizens, respect Nigeria’s sovereignty, cultural values and promote online safety.”

 

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Anti-Apartheid South African Bishop, Desmond Tutu Dies At 90

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South African Bishop, Archbishop Desmond Tutu is dead. The Bishop passed away at the age of 90 today, October 20, 2021.

JomogNews Nigeria gathered that the death of the cleric who is also a popular human rights activist was confirmed on Wednesday by the Bishop of Johannesburg, Stephen Moreo.

Moreo’s account stated, “ATTENTION. The Anglican Diocese of Johannesburg receives now the sad news of the death of our dearest Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“The Most Reverend Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu dies at 90. Official note to be released soon.”

Archbishop Tutu made history during his lifetime as the first black man to serve as the Bishop of Johannesburg (1985-1986) and then the Archbishop of Cape Town (1986-1996).

Tutu was globally known for his anti-apartheid works which earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

Born on 7 October 1931, Tutu held several other positions during his lifetime.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

 

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Breaking: Facebook To Change Its Name As Part Of Company Rebrand

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Facebook plans to make a dramatic break with its past by rebranding the company next week and change its name, according to  reports.

Facebook’s founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, is preparing to talk about the name change at a company event next week, but it could be unveiled sooner.

Facebook Inc (FB.O), under fire from regulators and lawmakers over its business practices, is planning to rebrand itself with a new name that focuses on the metaverse, the Verge reports.

The name change will be announced next week, The Verge reports, citing a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

The move would likely position the flagship app as one of many products under a parent company overseeing brands such as Instagram and WhatsApp, according to the report.

Google (GOOGL.O) adopted such a structure when it reorganized into a holding company called Alphabet in 2015.

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BREAKING: Police Arrest Osun Reporter For Covering End SARS Protest

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Sikiru Obarayese, DAILY POST correspondent in Osun State has been arrested for his presence at the EndSARS protest venue.

Obarayese is to be charged to court despite identifying himself.

However, Police Commissioner, Wale Olokode, said he heard about the situation and has directed the withdrawal of the case.

Also worried about the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, in the State, Yemisi Opalola said efforts were on to free the reporter.

She, however, expressed disappointment that Sikiru refused to leave the scene when police ordered everyone to leave. She assured DAILY POST that the reporter would be released as the Commissioner was on top of the matter.

Sikairu was covering the EndSARS protest in the State before he was arrested.

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) leadership in Osun has condemned the development.

A state government official expressed dismay about the overzealousness of the policemen.

“He identified himself. The attempt to emasculate journalists is an aberration”, he fumed.

At the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, security operatives arrested and brutalized protesters and an Uber driver.

 

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