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Twitter Declares Access to Its platform a 'Human Right' Despite Banning Conservatives

CEO Jack Dorsey hit with backlash over his claims

 on 6th June 2021 @ 1.00pm
twitter ceo jack dorsey is facing a backlash for his company s practices © press
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is facing a backlash for his company's practices

Twitter has declared that access to its platform a "human right," despite the company's ongoing censorship practices that include banning conservatives over their views.

Jack Dorsey's social media giant was hit with back on Saturday over the statement, prompting conservatives to accuse the firm of hypocrisy after it banned President Donald Trump and others for failing to fall into line with its own political ideals.

The company's statement came as a response to Nigeria's decision to ban Twitter over the deletion of a tweet from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari that condemned attacks on public infrastructure in the country's southeast region, including arson attacks on government offices and police stations, yet Twitter claimed the post was seen as threatening to separatist movements.

"We are deeply concerned by the blocking of Twitter in Nigeria," Twitter said in a statement.

"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."

president trump is among countless conservatives targeted by twitter © press
President Trump is among countless conservatives targeted by Twitter

"Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War," Buhari wrote on Tuesday.

"Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand."

Buhari referenced the "brutal two-year Nigeria-Biafra war, which killed an estimated one to three million people, mostly from the Igbo tribe in the eastern part of the country between 1967-1970," according to CNN.

Twitter removed the tweet written by the Nigerian president, claiming it had violated the platform's policy on abusive behavior.

In retaliation, the Nigerian government banned Twitter from the African nation.

"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.

Twitter's Public Policy division responded on Saturday morning 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."

jack dorsey was heckled on friday over twitter s censorship practices © press
Jack Dorsey was heckled on Friday over Twitter's censorship practices

Twitter's declaration that access to its platform is a "human right" ignited a firestorm of criticism and mockery of the social media network since it has a reputation for silencing conservative voices, including President Trump.

Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: "Curious. In Twitter's own words, they are willfully denying Donald Trump 'an essential human right in modern society.'"

Former Trump advisor Jenna Ellis: "Are you also deeply concerned about the blocking of Twitter users in America? Asking for a friend."

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene: "We are deeply concerned by the blocking of @realdonaldtrump by Twitter. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society. Unblock President Trump and stop with the hypocritical virtue signaling."

Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell: "For years we've pointed out your failure to let the Iranian people on twitter. Why ignore Iran but take a stand on Nigeria?"

Florida congressional candidate Lavern Spicer: "I am deeply concerned by the suspending of President Donald Trump on Twitter. Access to the free and #OpenInternet is an essential human right in modern society, even if you disagree with their politics."

BlazeTV host Steve Deace: "This shamelessly comes from an entity that believes in non-disclosed and unaccountable systems to deny people access to its own platform. Self-awareness is dead."

"The News and Why It Matters" host Sara Gonzales: "The company blocking a former president's content from their site believe 'access to the internet' is an 'essential human right.' You couldn't make it up if you tried."

"Pseudo-Intellectual" host Lauren Chen: "Let me get this straight... Nigerian government blocking citizens from using twitter: Violation of human rights Twitter blocking people they don't like from using Twitter: Perfectly fine and actually it's just good sense Hm."

Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza: "Not sure I understand this. If Twitter can block Nigerians and their elected officials for violating its standards and policies, why can't Nigeria and its elected officials block Twitter for violating their standards and policies?"

Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon: "Say the wrong thing and they'll permanently take away your 'essential human right.'"

Author Jack Posobiec: "I can't wait to remind Twitter that their public policy position is platform access is a human right and those blocked from use must have their access restored Again and again and again."

Outkick founder Clay Travis: "Didn't Nigeria just do the exact same thing to you that you did to President Trump?"

Newsmax host Steve Cortes: "Wait, Twitter believes platform access "is an essential human right in modern society." Good. I agree. Stop suspending my account. Restore Trump. Right now!"

Journalist Sharyl Attkisson: "I guess now you know what it feels like."

Actor James Woods: "If irony were a food, Twitter could cure hunger overnight."

Director Robby Starbuck: "Oh Twitter believes access to a free and open internet is an essential right? I know a guy named Donald J. Trump and 75+ million Americans who may want to dispute your commitment to that."

Actor Nick Searcy: "You hypocrites censor people who disagree with you. Shut up."

One Twitter user joked: "Just build your own Nigeria then."

Meanwhile, Twitter boss Dorsey was heckled over his company's censorship practices as he spoke at the annual Bitcoin conference in Miami.

“Censorship is a human rights violation,” the heckler, believed to be activist Laura Loomer, yelled at Dorsey.

“You are censoring people, you are interfering in elections.”

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