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Democracy under threat: Nigeria bans Twitter

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Millions of Nigerians left unable to access Twitter as the government indefinitely suspends access.

In a concerning move to regulate free speech, the Nigerian government ordered for major phone providers across the country to block access to Twitter.

Some people have been able to find a way around the ban by using one of the limited number Wi-Fi networks in the country still allowing access to the site. However, Wi-Fi isn’t widely available in Nigeria.

A recent statement from the Nigerian Government said: “the persistent use of the platform for activities… capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.”

Twitter said Friday’s announcement from Information Minister Lai Mohammed was “deeply concerning”. The platform has since said it’s “investigating and will provide updates when we know more” about the Nigerian ban.

Government says they’s prosecute rule-breakers

The Attorney General’s spokesman said the country will prosecute people who attempt to circumvent the rule.

“Any violator, whether individuals or organizations, will be prosecuted,” he said.

“Every freedom has certain responsibilities — corresponding responsibility to the freedoms. No freedom is absolute. Those who are apprehended will get to know what sort of prosecution awaits them.”

This comes after the Buhari administration proposed legislation to regulate social media. In the past, Nigerian protesters used the platform to campaign against police brutality.

Twitter deletes Nigerian President’s Tweet

The move comes after Twitter removed one of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweets. The platform it removed the tweet for breaching the site’s rules.

Buhari criticised the social media giant’s decision to remove the Tweet, calling it “double standards.”

The tweet said “those misbehaving today” should be treated in “the language they will understand”.

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Companies to pay extra for verified Twitter accounts

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Elon Musk has announced that companies and brands will have to pay $1,000 per month – plus an additional $50 per sub-account – to get verified check-marks on Twitter

The new pricing falls under the new Twitter Blue for Business service.

Within the next few months, only paying Twitter customers will have verified status.

Twitter has stacked on $12.5 billion in debt, and this move hopes to increase subscription revenue to meet Musk’s obligations.

Advertisers halted spending on Twitter after the takeover, but Twitter has since announced partnerships with two brand-safety vendors to win back marketers.

Musk also announced that Twitter would start sharing ad revenue with creators for “ads that appear in their reply threads”, but didn’t provide further detail.

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BMW to invest €800 million in Mexico

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BMW is set to invest €800 million in Mexico, to produce its next generation of high-voltage and fully electric batteries

 
The carmaker is looking to convert more than half of its sales into all-electric cars by 2030.

Construction will begin next year with production beginning in 2027.

The announcement follows several other major expansions from the automaker in recent months, including a $1.7 billion investment in the United States.

The move will add around 1,000 new jobs to its Mexico operations.

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Future Airplane Design

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What will the next generation of aircraft look like?

 
From the dawn of time, man has dreamed of flying.

Now, more than 100 years since the first flight, airlines and aircraft manufacturers are trying to work out the future of flight.

This Ticker Original takes you behind the scenes as designers look to the future of flight. #aviation #boeing #aircraft

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