Why Twitter punished Buhari

Social media, Twitter punished Nigeria’s President Mohammadu Buhari for posting a vexatious tweet considered as a violation of its rules

Buhari had threatened those fomenting trouble in Nigeria’s southeast region that his government will “treat them in the language they understand.”

“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” Buhari tweeted on Tuesday.

Buhari’s tweet faced criticism from Nigerians who reported his account for suspension.

Twitter rules prohibit users from making statements that “threaten violence against an individual or a group of people; engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so; nor promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

In response, Twitter deleted the vexatious tweet, noting that “this Tweet violated the Twitter Rules”.

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