#NigeriaDecides: Twitter explains why it suspended some social media influencers’ accounts ahead of tomorrow’s elections

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Ahead of Saturday’s general election in Nigeria, Twitter has suspended the accounts of some social media influencers,

 

The platform says the effort is to help amplify election-related information from legitimate sources and bring down ‘some problematic accounts’ ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 general elections.

Some of these Nigerian Twitter influencers’ accounts include

Badmus Hakeem (Tweets @Bhadoosky), Jokunle (@Jokunle), Ani Nomso (@ani_nomso), Shawnife (@Shawnife_), Official Bmax (@OfficialBmax), Uche Kush (@UcheKush_), Lazy Writa (@LazyWrita), Rouvafe (@Rouvafe), Abdulaxis (@iam_abdulaxis), Switchme, Enekem Greg (@EnekemGreg).

 

Speaking with Business Insider Amy Rose, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed the suspension saying, “we have suspended a small number of accounts in Nigeria for spam violations as part of our election integrity efforts in the region. We will continue to monitor the conversation closely and take aggressive action pursuant to the Twitter Rules”.

 

Twitter says it is collaborating with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and domestic political party stakeholders to “ensure they have clear reporting channels to bring potentially problematic accounts or content to our attention.”

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