Twitter has given NO concession to the Nigerian government and I can't believe people are falling for the narrative that it has.

The "access to Twitter's backend" thing is based entirely on this section from the press release sent out to media last night (Photo 1)

That statement "The Partner Support Portal provides a direct channel for government officials and Twitter staff to manage prohibited
content" is false.

ONLY Twitter staff can manage content under the PSP. It didn't take me 5 minutes to find this out.…
Furthermore, Twitter's Law Enforcement Portal does NOT give any government anywhere in the world tye power to directly manage content on Twitter.

Again, you can confirm this for yourself here…
In all cases as you can clearly see, whether under the Partner Support Program or the Law Enforcement Program, governments are required to go through court processes and provide valid court orders before Twitter will then INVESTIGATE (not take down) the said tweets.
Even if Nigeria passes laws criminalising free speech, Twitter will NOT action law enforcement reports made using such laws, because as clearly stated here, its platform speech policy is based on the US Bill of Rights and the EU Convention on Human Rights.…
TLDR: Nigeria's government is telling lies about its engagement with Twitter.

No concession whatsoever has been achieved, except you count vague promises about tax and CAC registration. It has merely been added to a program that already has dozens of governments participating.
The Nigerian government will have NO control whatsoever over the content Nigerians post on Twitter, and will have NO control whatsoever over Twitter's definition of free speech, which is based on US and EU law, with input from the UN.

Aso Rock is a complete non-factor.

The end.
P.s: Journalists reporting on such stories really need to show some depth in their work, instead of simply repeating shit off a press release.

Why was even CNN repeating this "Nigeria's government will have platform content moderation power" bullshit as some kind of fact?

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