Twitter suspends Niger Delta Avengers’ account

Twitter suspended the account of @NDAvengers, an account operated by the Niger Delta Avengers, yesterday, following the group’s announcement  that it had carried out five attacks on key oil installations in the last few days.

The Avengers have used a Twitter account as its main form of communication, using it to publicise claims of attacks and as a platform to criticise Nigeria’s government.
Although Twitter does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons, a spokesman for the site said, Avengers account was suspended in line with the company’s policy, which detailed specific rule pertaining to violent threats.
“This account has been suspended,” said a statement on the account. “We do not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons,” said a spokesman for the social media site when asked about the reasons for the suspension.However, the spokesman said the company’s policies included a “specific rule pertaining to violent threats” which states that “you may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism”.



The Twitter handle recorded its first tweet in February 2016 when the group bombed the Bonny Soku gas export line in Gbarain, Bayelsa State. Since then, dozens of other posts on its attacks, mission and plans had been published on the page.

In February, Twitter said it had shut down more than 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since the middle of 2015, most of which were linked to the Islamic State group.

With the Twitter page removed from the digital space, the NDA is left with its website — nigerdeltaavengers.org — which it operated concurrently with @NDAvengers.

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