Twitter argued that a free, open, and inclusive Internet is “an essential human right in modern society,” Many found it to be comically hypocritical as the big tech platform is often accused of censoring conservative voices.
The situation arose following a still ongoing dispute between Twitter and the Nigerian government. As a result, Twitter deleted a stern tweet posted by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari condemning attacks on public infrastructure in the country’s southeastern region, which included arson attacks on government offices and police stations, Fox News reported.
“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to realize the destruction and loss of life that occurred during Nigeria’s Civil War,” Buhari wrote Tuesday on his Twitter account. “Those of us in the field for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”
Twitter quickly deleted the Nigerian president’s tweet, claiming it violated its policy on abusive behavior.
“The Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria,” the country’s Federal Ministry of Information and Culture tweeted Friday night.
The following day, Twitter responded to the Nigerian government’s move by saying, “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. We will work to restore access for all those in Nigeria who rely on Twitter to communicate and connect with the world. #KeepitOn.”
Twitter’s statement that access to its platform is a “human right” sparked a barrage of criticism and mockery of the social network as a fully politicized social network through which conservative voices have no chance of lasting long on the network without being censored. Including former President Donald Trump, who to this day still has his user account wholly blocked.
Among those who rebuked the Twitter message was Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who wrote, “Curious. In Twitter’s own words, they are willfully denying Donald Trump ‘an essential human right in modern society.'”
Former Trump adviser Jenna Ellis also took to Twitter, saying, “Are you also deeply concerned about the blocking of Twitter users in the U.S.?”
Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene weighed in, saying, “We are deeply concerned about Twitter blocking @realdonaldtrump. Free and #OpenInternet access is an essential human right in modern society. Unblock President Trump and stop with the hypocritical virtue signaling.”
To name another of Twitter’s big censorships, it’s worth remembering it recently restricted the New York Post’s account of a story featuring hard evidence about Hunter Biden. The Post broke the story just days before the 2020 presidential election in which his father was running, and then backtracked after the report was verified.
Republican lawmakers have also accused the company of “disingenuously banning” conservatives by using an algorithm that suppresses the visibility of their tweets.