Nigerians, who rank among the most vocal and frequent users of the popular micro-blogging site, Twitter, now have to contend with no longer having access to the medium.
The development comes in the wake of the indefinite suspension of the operations of the social network in Nigeria. The suspension was made public by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Mohammed announced the suspension in a statement in Abuja on Friday, June 4.
The statement reads, âThe Federal Government has suspended, indefinitely, the operations of the microblogging and social networking service, Twitter, in Nigeria. âThe Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday; citing the persistent use of the platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeriaâs corporate existence.
âThe Minister said the FG has also directed the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.â
VPN to the rescue
Meanwhile, despite the ban by the FG, Nigerians can still use the medium through a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a connection that allows users to establish a protected network connection when using public networks. VPNs basically aid users protect their internet traffic and keep their identities private online.
With a VPN, internet traffic is routed through an encrypted tunnel that nobody can see into. This includes including hackers, governments, and even the telecommunications/internet service provider. In other words, a VPN hides your internet protocol (IP) address. The IP is the unique number that identifies an internet user and his/her physical location.
Below are a few tips on how to get and install a VPN
VPNs abound in their number. It is important to note that while some of them are free, others are paid. The difference exists in their utility levels or functionalities.
However, this is not to state that free VPNs do not deliver value. Some free VPNs, such as Windscribe, even offer as much as 10GB of free data to users. Other free VPNs include Hide.me, ProtonVPN, Speedify and TunnelBear, among others.
It is advisable to use only a reliable app download portal when getting a VPN. Visit the Google PlayStore or Apple Appstore on your device
- Search for VPN
- You will see a number of options and having ascertained if you are going for a free or paid one, you can make a choice from the available options
- Open the selected VPN app and download/install it on your device
- Select your new location by choosing any country of your choice (not Nigeria, in view of the ban)
- Connect your VPN
- Voila! You can now use Twitter
- Please note that the use of a VPN may prevent you from accessing other location-based apps on your device. To use these apps, you may need to disconnect your VPN.