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Twitter agrees to register in Nigeria to end the seven-month ban

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Twitter agrees to register in Nigeria to end seven-month ban

Twitter has agreed to register in Nigeria and pay local taxes to end a seven-month ban, the BBC understands.
This will come as a big surprise to many Nigerians, who had assumed that the Nigerian government had backed down following months of negotiations, says the BBC’s Nduka Orjinmo in Abuja.
Nigeria suspended the social media firm last June after it deleted a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari.
It accused Twitter of siding with secessionists.
Before ending the ban, the Nigerian government insisted that Twitter:
Twitter has not officially commented on what it has done to be allowed to work in Nigeria again but tweeted that it was “pleased” to be restored in the country and was “deeply committed to Nigeria”.
But the BBC understands it has largely agreed to the government demands.
The move allows millions of people in Africa’s most populous nation to use the platform again.
Many Nigerians had continued to access the site after the suspension using virtual private networks (VPNs) but most corporate organisations, including many media outfits, had obeyed the government’s order.
Analysts believe the ban has cost the Nigerian economy millions of dollars, especially the small businesses which use the platform to reach their customers.
The move last year by Nigeria’s government sparked an international outcry over freedom of speech.
The social media company’s decision to register itself in the country showed it was committed to Nigeria, the country’s information technology development agency said.
The government had ordered internet providers to block Twitter, alleging it was being used to undermine “Nigeria’s corporate existence” through the spreading of fake news that could potentially have “violent consequences”.
This came after Twitter removed President Buhari’s post referring to the 1967-70 Nigerian Civil War and to treating “those misbehaving today” in “the language they will understand”.
Twitter is popular with many Nigerians, and the platform has been used as a mobilising tool. Activists used it to rally support during protests against police brutality under the hashtag #EndSars, which gained global attention.
Despite the ban many Nigerians continued to tweet and some are now taking time to recognise the VPNs that enabled them to do so.
User Ugegbe tweeted that she didn’t want to delete her VPN, as it would feel like a betrayal.
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Liverpool 0-1 Real Madrid: Vinicius strikes as Real claim 14th European crown Vinicius Junior scored the decisive aim as Real Madrid beat Liverpool 1-zero in a behind-schedule Champions League very last in Paris on Saturday. Kick-off changed into driven returned via way of means of greater than half-hour as Liverpool lovers struggled to advantage access…

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83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

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83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

According to a taxpayer perception poll performed by the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) for 2021, only approximately 13% of Nigerian taxpayers, particularly those in the informal sector of the economy, are unlikely to evade tax payment in Nigeria.

83% Eligible Taxpayers Evade Payments In Nigeria – Report

“A bigger majority of workers in the sector, 83 percent, are inclined to avoid tax payments because they do not feel tax officials have the authority to compel people pay taxes,” according to the survey.

The survey demonstrated the public’s mistrust of the government.

 

According to the research, the informal sector in Nigeria accounts for around 65 percent of employment and a large percentage of the economy’s national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

 

“Lack of trust in government was fostered by pervasive official corruption, which resulted in widespread poverty and infrastructure deficits.

“The social contract between the government and its citizens, as represented by the quality of public services and the willingness of the public to pay or evade taxes.” The research stated that “a perceived weak social compact between citizens and the government continues to jeopardize the legitimacy of taxes.”

“Lack of trust in government was fostered by pervasive official corruption, which resulted in widespread poverty and an infrastructural deficit.

“The social contract between the government and its citizens, as represented by the quality of public services and the willingness of the public to pay or evade taxes. The research stated that “the legitimacy of taxes is threatened by a perceived weak social compact between citizens and the government.”

Mr Lanre Ajogbasil, senior programme manager, NGF/SFTAS, said weak transparency and accountability by the Federal Government and States internal revenue services; misunderstood tax law(s) and incomplete revenue codes; and multiplicity of taxation system, fees, and levies during a recent workshop organized by the national coordinating office of the Fiscal Transparency Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) for financial journalists in Abuja.

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It’s true: Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

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It's true Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

It’s true? Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

It’s true? Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

It's true: Elon Musk is set to purchase Twitter.

The online entertainment goliath affirmed Monday that the Tesla Chief and the very rich person will gain the organization in an arrangement worth $44 billion.

And when the arrangement is finish, as most would consider normal by this year,

Twitter will turn into a secretly held organization.

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy,

and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk tweeted to his 84 million followers.

“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features,

making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spambots, and authenticating all humans.”
Shares of Twitter rose more than 5% in afternoon trading Monday.

“Twitter has a purpose and relevance that impacts the entire world,

” its CEO Parag Agrawal said in a tweet.

“Deeply proud of our teams and inspired by,

the work that has never been more important.”

Prior Monday, Musk tweeted,

“I trust that even my most terrible pundits stay on Twitter since that free discourse implies.

” The tweet got more than 1.4 million preferences.
Last week, Musk said he had arranged $46.5 billion in support to purchase Twitter,

and had been proceeding to haggle with the organization.

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