Indications have shown that authorities in Nigeria may have blocked access to some social media platforms used to broadcast and agitate the ongoing protests againts alleged police brutal nationwide.
Some internet users expressed fear that the protest has taken different dimension, as it turns violence in some cities.
“This protest must be beyond #ENDSARS or #ENDSWAT at the moment because it may have link with the forbidden hashtag Revolution Now pandemonium.”
PRIME TIME NEWS has learned that Facebook, Twitter users could not get new notifications or post new thing on their timeline.
Many Nigerians have on Thursday night said they will still use some websites means to continue their protests, but Federal Government may block all access.
Neither the Communications Ministry which overseesall access to communication in Nigeria, nor any network provider has made a comment on the development.
However, Twitter and Facebook, which also owns WhatsApp, declined to comment.
But the Chief Executive Officer of the Twitter Company, Jack Dorsey has on Monday backed the ongoing #ENDSARS protests, announcing on his verified twitter handle that Nigerians can donate money to one Providus Bank Account for the sustainment of the protests.
Jack who stated the procedures of transfering the the money to the account, says”you can also donate to us using a BTC Pay Server; a free, secure, and censorship-resistant platform.”
But his tweet generated hundreds of thousands of likes and retweets, even though many users have accused him of intrusion in Nigeria’s business.
It’ll do you a lot more good if you stay away from Nigerian Politics. You should know that the so-called #EndSARS protest have transformed into political agitation, capable of breaking law & order in our country. You should not be a moral & financial sponsor to this. https://t.co/slhwmOnCMY
— Adamu Garba II (@adamugarba) October 14, 2020
This is not the first time governments in the world take similar action of shutting down social media access to prevent the escalation of violence as Sri Lanka took the same measure in 2018 when there was violent in the country.