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TWITTER COMMITS TO ESTABLISH A LEGAL ENTITY IN NIGERIA

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

In the first quarter of 2022, Twitter has committed to establishing a legal entity in Nigeria. The legal entity will file a registration form with the Corporations Commission (CAC). Twitter’s first move in establishing its long-term commitment to Nigeria is the creation of the corporation.

Twitter has agreed to create a designated national representative to work with the Nigerian government. A separate communication channel is also accessible for the Global Public Policy team.

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Twitter has committed to comply with all tax responsibilities imposed by Nigerian law on its activities.

Nigeria will be included to Twitter’s partner Support and Law Enforcement Portals. The Partner Support Portal gives government officials and Twitter employees a direct line to regulate forbidden content that breaches Twitter’s community rules.

Simultaneously, the Law Enforcement Portal allows law enforcement to submit a report with a legal justification when they feel that content breaches Nigerian laws. When taken as a whole, they form a comprehensive compliance system.

Twitter has agreed to act with respect to Nigerian laws, as well as the national culture and history on which such laws are based, and to collaborate with the FGN and the broader industry to develop a Code of Conduct that is consistent with global best practices and applicable in almost all developed countries.

The Nigerian government, after lifting the Twitter ban encouraged all user to maintain Ethical behavior, and also, refrain from all forms of distasteful information on the platform

“We encourage all users of the Twitter platform to maintain ethical behavior and refrain from promoting divisive, dangerous, and distasteful information on the platform. As patriotic citizens, we need to be mindful that anything illegal offline is also illegal online and that committing a crime using a Nigerian Internet Protocol (IP) is synonymous with committing a crime within our jurisdiction.”

“Considering Twitter’s influence on our democracy, our economy, and the fabric of our corporate existence as a Nation, our priority is to adapt, not ban, Twitter. The FGN is committed to working with Twitter to do anything possible to help Nigerians align and navigate Twitter algorithmic design to realize its potentials while avoiding its perils.”

The President expresses his gratitude to the Presidential Committee, led by the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, for providing oversight and advice to the Technical Committee during the engagement.

Similarly, the Presidential Committee applauds the Technical Committee for engaging Twitter, Inc. in a professional, vigorous, and fruitful manner.

It also thanks the government regulatory agencies and internet service providers who carried out the FGN’s orders throughout the suspension.

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