Did WhatsApp Give Nigerian Govt Access to Spy on Citizens? Nigerians React

A tweet raising concerns that WhatsApp may have given the Nigerian Government access to spy on the calls and conversations of Nigerians has drawn diverse reactions from Nigerians on Twitter.

The reactions followed a tweet by activist and good governance advocate Mr. Henry Shield who tweeted: “Dear @WhatsApp, is it true you’ve given the Nigerian Govt access to our calls and messages? You’ll have to reply this message for your subscribers in Nigeria.”

Some of the following reactions can be seen under the tweet:

WhatsApp is yet to issue a statement in the wake of rising concerns over Mr. Shield’s tweet.

Activists in Nigeria are currently fighting to halt the enactment of a social media regulation law. This is coming after the country’s first lady Aisha Buhari proposed using China as a model for how to regulate comments in the social media.

“If China can control over 1.3 billion people on social media, I see no reason why Nigeria cannot attempt controlling only 180 million people,” Aisha Buhari said, provoking great backlash.

The proposed social media regulation law would criminalise insulting the government online with three years in prison.





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