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Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by kirajustice: 10:33am On Jun 06
A screenshot of a tweet reportedly from Twitter's official handle went viral on social media recently where the social media platform allegedly claimed 'ignorance' of Muhammadu Buhari's position as Nigeria's president.

The post was massively shared following a row between the federal government and the management of Twitter. it will be recalled that the Nigerian government through its minister of information, Lai Mohammed suspended the activities of Twitter in the country after the social media giant deleted a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari's handle.

The President's tweet had violated the platform's rules.

In the viral screenshot, Twitter allegedly wrote that "Dear @MBuhari We have no idea of who you are or what country you are leading, we have come across a tweet that violates our rule no 4 of "safety and freedom" and removed it."

But is this true? 

To verify this claim, POLITICS NIGERIA ran a quick fact check by analysing Twitter's official handle (@Twitter) and we discovered that the last tweet on the timeline was posted on May 28th and it has nothing to do with the controversy rocking Nigeria.

Our correspondent also did a quick google reverse of the fast spreading tweet and we discovered that it was photoshopped.  This newspaper reported how Mr Buhari's tweet referencing the country’s civil war, and threatening to treat those attacking government buildings “with the language they understand” triggered controversy online.

Social media users saw the tweet as a veiled threat against the Igbo ethnic group who suffered casualties during the war and called on Twitter to suspend Mr Buhari's account. Two days after, Twitter yielded and it deleted the president's controversial post.

The federal government expressed shock and said the platform chose to ignore the inciting messages from the proscribed IPOB but was quick to enforce its rules on the president.

On Friday, information minister, Lai Muhammed announced the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.

As of Friday evening, Twitter said it was investigating the suspension. On Saturday, the platform issued it's first official statement, via its Public Policy handle, saying it is concerned about the blockade, promising to restore access to Nigerian users.

“We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society,” the organisation said.

“We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn.”

Except the above reaction, Twitter never claimed it doesn't recognise Mr. Buhari as the leader of Africa's most populous nation, hence the trending screenshot is FALSE!
https://politicsnigeria.com/fact-check-did-twitter-claim-ignorance-of-buharis-position-as-nigerias-president/

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by Orubebe01: 10:36am On Jun 06
Waiting for fastcheck on when Nigeria/uar will be like Europe

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by Daveambition(m): 10:37am On Jun 06
Either Photoshop or not
Jack Dorsey doesn't know who/what is Buhari, PERIOD..

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by Cosmatikka: 11:30am On Jun 06
Whether it was posted yesterday or last year, the truth remains that Twitter and sane ppl abroad don't know or give a hoot about the Presidiot of the zombies and BMCs.
The only people following him with keen interest is ICC, ISIS and all terrorist organisations as their grand patron.

Now let all the BMCs start their wanklng

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by JooEeL(m): 11:31am On Jun 06
MR MAN PLS CARRY YOUR GASLIGHTING AND GETAT OUTTA HERE!

Why don't you run a fact check on Fulani terrorists killing and displacing the TIV people of Taraba and Benue?

Why don't you run a fact check on the Ebonyi massacre of the Fulani herdsmen killing over 100?

Why don't you run fact check on how the East has more police stations and army barracks as more institutions than standard hospitals, schools and bridges?

Why don't you run a fact check that the army and police supply ammunition to the Fulani herdsmen and back them up?

Why don't you run a fact check on the massacre of Niger residents, 88 of them brutally murdered?

Why don't you run a fact check on the massacre of Igangan residents, yesterday, more than 25?


Ko ni da fun nyin ati fact check nyin. Awon oponu!

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by tobtap: 11:31am On Jun 06
Buhari n.. His. Bastard followers are demented. Stupendous nonetities

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by slawormiir: 11:31am On Jun 06
Damnnn niggarrrr
Isoright

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by Paxxcarl(m): 11:31am On Jun 06
Xx
Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by Offpoint1: 11:31am On Jun 06
grin grin I'm glad it's fake before Buhari ban internet in Nigeria.


But why did bloggers like feeding on ones tragedy? What manner of love for money would make us lost our human consciousness?

The numbers of very disturbing news headlines regarding TB death I'm receiving is pathetic.

Opera news is one of the worse place to read news from.

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by Activist001(m): 11:31am On Jun 06
Typical IPOB fake news material. undecided


This doesn't mean Buhari and his cohorts aren't morons though.

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by Born2winnx: 11:31am On Jun 06
Lol them fit nor know am...

Ask me the president of togo if I know.

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by patriotic007: 11:31am On Jun 06
Buhari is nothing to write home about

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by Drabeey(m): 11:31am On Jun 06
na waa oo

You see what fake news will cause abi?

Twitter ban na start. Some Techy guys cannot wreck our country.

They can't control world politics... The world won't work that way.

Jack Dorsey, Mark Zuckerberg and
your likes should leave partisan politics and face your apps. Don't meddle in our political world.

If you don't support #TwitterBan please tell me how the world will work when Government can be undermined by a Tech guy who feel....

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by wayne4loan: 11:31am On Jun 06
Jubril angry

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by Romanoff(f): 11:31am On Jun 06
That's not the official account of the presidency na.

Rotfl.

The account should have read "President, Federal Republic of Nigeria".

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by bunmconig(m): 11:31am On Jun 06
I think Buhari needs this!!! undecided

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by sofeo(m): 11:32am On Jun 06
OK.
Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by olaolulazio(m): 11:32am On Jun 06
Who is Buhari?

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by updatechange(m): 11:32am On Jun 06
Even if they said it... Heaven won't fall Buhari is a failure, President Donald Trump was suspended on Twitter and Facebook yet American government didn't ban or suspend them.

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by bolafez(m): 11:32am On Jun 06
The tweet is right anyways

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by fatymore(f): 11:32am On Jun 06
The post was reported and Twitter removed it after checking it violated their rules.


Please if you see my post, check my signature, you might need one or two things from me.


Eseun grin

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by Virus99: 11:32am On Jun 06
We are in the age of commoditized information
Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by butterfly777(m): 11:32am On Jun 06
I don't think twitter has done any wrong in the issue, so those trying propaganda to make it appear Twitter is trying to indirectly "apologize" should stop it.

Twitter usually relies on their users to report a post before it can consider banning it.

Since people did not report Nnamdi Kanu's posts, twitter will not likely ban it.

People reported Buhari's post, hence it's banning. No sentiments here. Abi the Presidency is also ignorant of how these things work?

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by flexyrule(m): 11:32am On Jun 06
Naso

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by Sultty(m): 11:33am On Jun 06
naija is doomed under this man
I hope I can still use pastor adefarasin's plan B before this vegetable bans traveling out. I'll leave mannabbqgrills with his daring daddy in peace

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by Ganzoh: 11:33am On Jun 06
Wetin concern Jack and buhari?.... Dem be family? Abi na buhari dey feed am ....who buhari epp ....abeg fade no con pour sand for my business

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by andyxyler(m): 11:33am On Jun 06
Buhari is a failure.

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Re: Fact-Check: Did Twitter Claim Ignorance Of Buhari As Nigeria's President? by Gammfreak(m): 11:33am On Jun 06
Buhari is a big fool. He deserves to be sucking cow's nash as breakfast.
He is so daft that I pity this country when his tenure expires.
I pray Nigerians will learn when all these is over, though I doubt if the illitrate and stupid northerns will learn.
The best is to divide Nigeria into 2:
Northern and southern UAR

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