Microblogging platform Twitter has removed the verification badges attached to the accounts of Bola Tinubu and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
The removal of the verification badges comes hours after Twitter removed the verification badge of the immediate past Vice-President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
At the time of filing this report on Tuesday, our correspondent observed that Tinubu’s and Osinbajo’s tags had been removed. However, the one on the account of the former president, Muhammadu Buhari, remained.
Twitter has not given any reason for the removal of the verification badges. However, it is possible that the company is cracking down on fake accounts.
The removal of the verification badges has sparked outrage among some Nigerians. Some people have accused Twitter of bias, while others have said that the company is trying to silence dissenting voices.
Twitter has not responded to the outrage.
The removal of the verification badges of Tinubu and Osinbajo is a significant development. It is unclear why Twitter took this action, but it is likely to have a major impact on the way that Nigerians use the platform.
What this choice will mean in the long run can only be determined with time. The removal of the verification badges has undoubtedly provoked a heated discussion about the function of social media in Nigeria, though.