5 July 2016
The social media site, Twitter, has suspended the account of the Nigerian militant group, the Niger Delta Avengers.
Niger Delta Avengers had been found to be in the habit of using its Twitter account (@NDAvengers) to threaten the Nigerian government and oil producing companies and to also announce its latest attacks.
The group used its Twitter account to announce attacks on five oil installations in the Niger Delta in the past few days.
With the militants’ Twitter account suspended, any attempt to visit the account would show that it has been suspended.
Twitter does not comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons, but Reuters news agency quotes a Twitter spokesman as confirming the suspension.
The twitter source said that the Avengers’ account was suspended in line with the company’s policy, which detailed “specific rule pertaining to violent threats… you may not make threats of violence or promote violence, including threatening or promoting terrorism.”
The Avengers allegedly contravened this rule by using a Twitter account as its main form of communication, using it to publicise claims of attacks and as a platform to criticise the Nigerian government.
Vanguard Newspapers reported in February that Twitter shut more than 125,000 terrorism-related accounts since the middle of 2015, most of which were linked to the Islamic State group.