As of 2019, the governments of China, Iran, North Korea, and Turkmenistan have blocked access to Twitter in those countries.
Nigeria on Friday joined the list the countries.
Other countries have also at a point suspended Twitter’s operation temporarily. They are Egypt, Turkey, United Kingdom.
Here are the five countries that have blocked access to Twitter;
Twitter is officially blocked in China; however, many Chinese people circumvent the block to use it even major Chinese companies and national media, such as Huawei and CCTV, use Twitter through a government approved VPN.
In 2009, during 2009 Iranian presidential election, the Iranian government blocked Twitter due to fear of protests being organised.
In September 2013, the blocking of both Twitter and Facebook was briefly lifted without notice due to a technical error, however, within a day the sites were blocked again.
In April 2016, North Korea started to block Twitter “in a move underscoring its concern with the spread of online information.”
Anyone who tries to access it without special permission from the North Korean government, including foreign visitors and residents, is subject to punishment.
As of 2018, foreign news and opposition websites are blocked in Turkmenistan, and international social networks such as Twitter are “often inaccessible”.
The Federal Government on Friday suspended operations of micro blogging platform, Twitter, in Nigeria indefinitely.
The Nation reports many Nigerians flooded the social media space on Wednesday to criticise President Muhammadu Buhari following Twitter’s removal of his controversial tweet many believed was targeted at Igbo-dominated South-eastern region of the country.
The president’s tweet generated furore as many Nigerians accused Mr Buhari of making a comment which opened the wounds of the Nigerian civil war which claimed millions of lives.