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TWITTER: David Hundeyin Blasts FG Over Lies Of Backend Access

The “access to Twitter’s backend” thing is based entirely on this section from the press release sent out to media last night

David Hundeyin, an investigative journalist, has proven that the Federal Government did not obtain backend access to Twitter in order to delete tweets.

According to iexclusive News Nigeria, David Hundeyin demonstrated in a thread that “The Partner Support Portal provides a direct channel for government officials and Twitter staff to manage prohibited content” is false.

He wrote :

“Twitter has given NO concession to the Nigerian government and I can’t believe people are falling for the narrative that it has.

The “access to Twitter’s backend” thing is based entirely on this section from the press release sent out to media last night

That statement “The Partner Support Portal provides a direct channel for government officials and Twitter staff to manage prohibited content” is false.

ONLY the staff can manage content under the PSP. It didn’t take me 5 minutes to find this out.

Furthermore, Twitter’s Law Enforcement Portal does NOT give any government anywhere in the world tye power to directly manage content on Twitter.

As you can see, governments are required to go through court processes and provide valid court orders in all cases, whether under the Partner Support Program or the Law Enforcement Program, before Twitter will INVESTIGATE (rather than take down) the said tweets.

 

Even if Nigeria passes laws criminalizing free speech, Twitter will NOT act on law enforcement reports made in violation of such laws, as stated explicitly here, because its platform speech policy is based on the US Bill of Rights and the EU Convention on Human Rights.

The short version is that Nigeria’s government is lying about its involvement with Twitter.

Except for vague promises about taxes and CAC registration, no concessions have been made. It was simply added to a program that already had dozens of them.

The Nigerian government will have NO control over the content Nigerians post on Twitter, and will have NO control over Twitter’s definition of free speech, which is based on US and EU law and includes input from the UNN.

 

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