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Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by dre11(m): 3:19pm On Jun 05
On Wednesday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information, accused Twitter of “double standards” after the microblogging site deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet about the civil war.

Amid the unrest in the country, Buhari had on Tuesday threatened to deal with those “bent on destroying” Nigeria through “insurrection”.

“Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” he had said.

The president’s tweet had sparked nationwide outrage, with many accusing him of fuelling violence and hatred across the country.

Shortly after the outcry, Twitter yanked off the tweet for alleged “violation of its rules”.

But while addressing state house correspondents in Abuja, Mohammed said Twitter’s mission in Nigeria is “very suspect”.

Buttressing his point, the minister claimed, among others, that the microblogging site “funded” #EndSARS protesters during last year’s demonstrations against police brutality.

He, however, did not provide any evidence to substantiate his claim.

“The mission of Twitter in Nigeria is very very suspect. Has Twitter deleted the violent tweets that Nnamdi Kanu has been sending? The same Twitter, during the #ENDSARS protests, that was funding #ENDSARS protesters,” the minister said.


How true is the minister’s claim?

In October 2020, thousands of youths across the country hit the streets to protest against harassment and extra-judicial killings by operatives of the now-disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS).

The demonstrations garnered the support of several influential figures across the world, especially after operatives of the Nigerian Army stormed the Lekki tollgate protest ground in Lagos and opened fire on unarmed protesters on the night of October 20.

Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, was among the popular figures who backed the Nigerian youths during the course of the protest — which grounded activities in several parts of the country for days.

Checks by TheCable revealed that Dorsey promoted activities related to the protest between October 14 through 21 when the demonstration was at its peak to his over 5.4 million followers on Twitter.

October 14 for instance, Dorsey retweeted an article about the protest with the #EndSARS hashtag alongside a link to the Feminist Coalition, one of the groups providing support for the protesters are the time. The post had more than 54,000 retweets and over 1,200 comments.

On the same date, he asked people to donate via Bitcoin to support the movement. “Donate via #Bitcoin to help #EndSARS,” he wrote in the post which has so far garnered over 82,000 retweets, 81,000 likes and more than 4,500 comments.


Donate via #Bitcoin to help #EndSARS �� https:///kf305SFXze

— jack (@jack) October 14, 2020

Like his previous tweet, however, the Twitter CEO again included link to the Feminist Coalition’s website where they could make the donations — not his personal or company’s link.

During the #EndSARS protests, the Feminist Coalition had asked supporters to make donations via bitcoin, after government authorities reportedly blocked its account.

As the demonstrations ended across the country, the group put a stop to donations, and also announced a breakdown of how the remaining funds would be disbursed.

On October 16, Dorsey continued his solidarity for the movement by launching a special emoji to give the protesters more visibility on the microblogging platform.

“#EndSARS,” he wrote in the post announcing the emoji. So far, the post has had 159,000 retweets, over 10,000 comments and more than 187,000 likes.

#EndSARS

— jack (@jack) October 16, 2020

On October 21 — hours after the shooting at the Lekki tollgate took place — Dorsey again retweeted posts of prominent figures on the matter including Rihanna, Barbadian singer, who has 102 million followers on Twitter.

His retweets also included that of Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, with over 1.2 million Twitter followers, who wrote at the time: “Hello World, our @NigeriaGov of @MBuhari is killing our young citizens on the street on Lagos now. Join us to #StopNigeriaGovernment Now!!!”

#EndSARS https:///YunwlkwS2f

— jack (@jack) October 21, 2020

Dorsey then shared link to the Feminist Coalition’s website again where those willing to support the movement can donate. That was his last tweet about the #EndSARS protests. The tweet had over 57,000 retweets, 47,000 likes and more than 1,400 comments.

Dorsey’s support for the movement at the time elicited mixed reactions. While most of the protesters backed his solidarity, some Nigerians called him out for his role during the campaign.

Adamu Garba, a former presidential aspirant, for instance instituted a $1 billion lawsuit against the Twitter CEO but later withdrew the case.

VERDICT: Mohammed’s claim that Twitter funded #EndSARS protesters is misleading. While Dorsey indeed called for donations to support the campaign, it was done on behalf of the Feminist Coalition — not himself or his company. There’s no evidence that Dorsey or Twitter made any donation to fund the campaign.

https://www.thecable.ng/fact-check-did-twitter-fund-endsars-protests-as-lai-claimed

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by sammy329(m): 3:19pm On Jun 05
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Nonsense write up. We all the know the role of twitter during EndSARS protests.

Twitter Nigeria is being run by dangerous people, whose sole objective is to discredit and bring down the government. The bias is too much imagine them looking away from the inciting posts of Terrorist Nnamdi Kanu and then removing the post of the President, because he promised to deal with people that are killing police officers, burning government buildings, raiding and setting prison inmates free.

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by OnionBandit(f): 3:21pm On Jun 05
VERDICT: Mohammed’s claim that Twitter funded #EndSARS protesters is misleading. While Dorsey indeed called for donations to support the campaign, it was done on behalf of the Feminist Coalition — not himself or his company. There’s no evidence that Dorsey or Twitter made any donation to fund the campaign.

Dem say cleric burn, you dey ask of him beards.

Has he not funded endSARS by so doing? Why are there too many dumb people from this side like this? What exactly is Jack's business in the first place? You think his calling for donation on behalf of whatever won't make a huge difference? It's just like the referee of a football match coaching your opponent during a game.

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by Jashub: 3:21pm On Jun 05
Lai Mohammed is fond peddling lies. And if I were Twitter I would sue the man for his unfound allegations

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by AGNESikpuNNU(f): 3:22pm On Jun 05
U dey mind that pussy-faced Prehistoric Lynosaur.
Thieving grumpy grandpas all over the place

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by RisenJoe(m): 3:25pm On Jun 05
Dafts in govt, but how would you believe a person that has lie among his names

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by DDDEnterprises: 3:26pm On Jun 05
If care is not taken, people will begin refusing to name their children Buhari or Lai again... undecided

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by Explicit02: 3:26pm On Jun 05
The honest truth is Nigerian government can ban twitter if the legislative (masses spokesperson) deem it fit to ban...not just over the night without due process...

Twitter has the right to remove or ban if u violates its rules and regulations so also the nation can do vice versa....

If a government had designated a group as a terrorist group, Twitter has no justification to allow such groups to propagate their rhetoric via their platform.



If you use America as a case study here u re totally wrong twitter has a full right license to operate in America so far it didn't break America's law so also anyone in America must not break twitter law... Even if jack twits send a wrong signal the message will be removed.

We all know if u write what nairaland mods see as against its rules u will be suspended (ask Nwamaiipke)

Nigeria should follow due process that's my own opinion

U cants use Facebook in China....
And no one crucify China for that

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by Racoon(m): 3:28pm On Jun 05
Sane humanity fully know except the terrorists in government who used same to achieve their evil intent but now turned around to fight those fighting them through same.

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by manuel4real(m): 3:31pm On Jun 05
OnionBandit:


Dem say cleric burn, you dey ask of him beards.

Has he not funded endSARS by so doing? Why are there too many dumb people from this side like this? What exactly is Jack's business in the first place? You think his calling for donation on behalf of whatever won't make a huge difference? It's just like the referee of a football match coaching your opponent during a game.
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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by NiceCeSi(f): 3:40pm On Jun 05
I'm sorry for UAR

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by Susu888(m): 4:01pm On Jun 05
That's how the west has been meddling in affairs of many countries.

Many of naija youths are too stupid to know what's up!

It is on record by former CIA directors that the CIA meddles nd infact sabotages regimes that are against their interests all in the name of American foreign policy.

African youths should stop acting like the monkeys westerners perceive us to be.... If they don't respect you country then be damn sure they don't give a fvck about you.

Its all about controlling how you think, how you act, subconscious programming of the human brain......we to them are nothing but pests that should be eliminated because of our populations!

Best way for them to eliminate us without having to expose their hand is by instigating nd flaming conflicts, supporting anti state actors under the guise of freedom of speech!!! We will turn on ourselves nd kill each other while they send arms nd logistics to both sides. They will fake their concern on in media while laughing at our stupidity behind our backs.


Till when will African youths get sense??
Freedom of speech nd human rights is a stale excuse that has been used for so long its astonishing simple minded youths still fall for it. Even Americans themselves know its bullshit.

All the west is working for is a New World Order!!


Wake up Africans, don't let them tell you what to think else you're done for.

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by GuyWise101(m): 4:03pm On Jun 05
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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by oloriooko(m): 4:04pm On Jun 05
So suddenly some gullibles are starting to consider Lai's statement worthy?
When shall we learn in this country?!

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by ivolt: 4:05pm On Jun 05
Muhamed is confusing Twitter and Jack.
Jack did promote endsars but I don't think that counts as funding.

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by JooEeL(m): 4:05pm On Jun 05
This twitter saga deeply pained the Fulanimals.

Chai. I never really knew Kanu was a pain to these guys o. Coupled with that trending phone conversation recording between an Imo girl and a Fulani professor, I have a suspicion that it seems IPOB really dealt a heavy blow to Miyetti Allah herdsmen. And I must mention it seems that phrase by Kanu "It is not for the living to respond to the dead..." pain them shege! Kanu, Kanu, my man. cheesy

It seems these 2 have been fighting an underground war for years that the result was not really shown to the public, but in the private and in the public, the loser and winner know themselves.[/b]

Coupled with the #EndSARS protests and the mockery and deriding of the Fulani Government by the Southern youth. Lol, una no get joy for south I swear. grin

The name "Fulani" is soiled in the mud at least for a thousand years... this is what una Southerners don achieve o. grin

See typical reasoning of a fulanimal:

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by SimplyFacts: 4:05pm On Jun 05
In Olamide's voice: Ta lo fe so oko mo eye Twitter?


Na catapult somebody who get balls use sef grin

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by superstar1(m): 4:05pm On Jun 05
Who wrote this jargon?

He called for donation but did not donate. U need to show us the list of donors to convince us he did not donate.

Calling for donation for a protest or insurrection in another country reeks of racism, destabilization agenda and greed for traffic and money by Jack!

We all saw how he was efficient in saving his own country from the brink of catastrophe by deleting fake news relating to the election and the Capitol Hill insurrection

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by virginboy1(m): 4:05pm On Jun 05
Lai Mohammed, that man is always frowning. undecided
Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by peppermint7(m): 4:05pm On Jun 05
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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by Ashirioluwa: 4:06pm On Jun 05
Liar Mohammed
Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by NotNairalandi(m): 4:06pm On Jun 05
Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by obembet(f): 4:06pm On Jun 05
As long as we have people like u in this country, that can collect money from them, there is no way we can have peace.

You a are waste op

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by Nuelito: 4:06pm On Jun 05
This present government is bent on shutting up everybody's mouth.

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by Risingblue008(m): 4:07pm On Jun 05
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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by Risingblue008(m): 4:07pm On Jun 05
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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by nony43(m): 4:07pm On Jun 05
Northern Nigerian Muslims are a big disgrace to Nigeria they are yet to lend their voices to this, all these Arewa, Arewa youths, northern elders have all hidden their faces. When you have Malami, Femi Adesina, lai Mohammed, Garba shehu, pantami in govt how could this nation make progress? Clueless people from the north. When it is a southern issue they start vibrating and pee in their pants By the mention of divide this country an average northern becomes restless. MY QUESTION IS WHY IS THE NORTHERN AFRAID OF DIVISION? I was ashamed watching this news on Al- jazerra.

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Re: Fact Check: Did Twitter Fund #EndSARS Protests As Lai Claimed? - The Cable by edoairways: 4:07pm On Jun 05
Explicit02:
The honest truth is Nigerian government can ban twitter if the legislative (masses spokesperson) deem it fit to ban...not just over the night without due process...

Twitter has the right to remove or ban if u violates its rules and regulations so also the nation can do vice versa....

If a government had designated a group as a terrorist group, Twitter has no justification to allow such groups to propagate their rhetoric via their platform.



If you use America as a case study here u re totally wrong twitter has a full right license to operate in America so far it didn't break America's law so also anyone in America must not break twitter law... Even if jack twits send a wrong signal the message will be removed.

We all know if u write what nairaland mods see as against its rules u will be suspended (ask Nwamaiipke)

Nigeria should follow due process that's my own opinion

U cants use Facebook in China....
And no one crucify China for that
Of course you can

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