Following the recent acquisition by the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, who has fired many employees, including top management staff of the company in a major global shakeup, the agreement reached by the Federal Government and management of the microblogging platform, Twitter, about 10 months ago, maybe on the rocks.
Those fired include the African team, which was crucial to the operations in Nigeria and was situated in Accra, Ghana.
Recall that the Federal Government of Nigeria removed the ban on Twitter activities in Nigeria on January 12 after 222 days and economic losses of around N546.5 billion.
After the social media juggernaut removed a post by President Muhammadu Buhari for “violation of the company’s abusive behavior code,” FG announced the suspension of Twitter activities on June 4, 2021.
Telecommunications firms implemented the suspension by June 5, 2021, when Nigerians awoke to a shutdown of Twitter on all platforms. According to a statement released by FG in January, one of the agreements signed between the two parties stated that Twitter is committed to creating a legal business in Nigeria during the first quarter of 2022. The corporate body will apply to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). The creation of the organization is Twitter’s initial indication of its long-term commitment to Nigeria.
To communicate with Nigerian authorities, Twitter has agreed to select a designated country representative. Through a specific communication route, you can also directly contact the global public policy team.
Twitter has also promised to abide by any tax responsibilities related to its operations that are required by Nigerian law.
Nigeria will now have access to Twitter’s Partner Support and Law Enforcement Portals. Government representatives and Twitter workers can regulate prohibited content that contravenes Twitter community guidelines directly through the Partner Support Portal.
In addition, the Law Enforcement Portal gives law enforcement authorities a way to report suspected content violations of Nigerian laws with a legal justification. These make up a complete compliance system when combined.
“Twitter has agreed to work with FGN and the larger industry to develop a Code of Conduct in line with global best practices, applicable in almost all developed countries, and act with a respectful acknowledgment of Nigerian laws and the national culture and history on which such legislation has been built.”
But almost ten months into the contract, investigations revealed that Twitter managed the Nigerian arm through its African office, located in Accra, Ghana, rather than opening a full-fledged presence there by Q1, 2022.
It is however unknown whether the microblogging service had ever registered with the CAC. There also does not appear to be a deadline for putting the earlier agreement into effect.
The African arm of the U.S.-based company may be completely abandoned, according to a very close source following Twitter’s acquisition by Musk and who was keeping tabs on developments.
He claims that the situation with the African team appears to be very precarious. “They don’t reply to emails sent to them. They have all mostly been suspended. Nobody is prepared to respond to anything because they are unsure of what Musk’s next move will be.