Following the deletion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Tweet, which broke Twitter’s “abusive behavior” policy, Nigeria’s administration declared that it was suspending Twitter “indefinitely.”
Users have been looking for ways to get around the block by using a VPN to access the social networking website. According to the search tracking site Trends Map, the amount of internet searches for the term “VPN” increased significantly during the week.
Users who frequently express their opinions on Twitter and other social media platforms have turned to VPNs to hide their IP addresses, keeping ISPs in the dark about their online actions and whereabouts.
ExpressVPN.com, which has seen a >200 percent rise in online traffic from Nigeria, is one of the most popular VPNs used by Nigerians, according to Harold Li, vice president of ExpressVPN. The greatest rise in web traffic occurred on Saturday, June 6th, when it climbed by nearly 250 percent over the previous day.
VPNs are, at their core, security solutions that enable users avoid being hacked, tracked, monitored, or otherwise compromised. ExpressVPN considers digital privacy and internet access to be human rights, and it will continue to speak out on the subject while encouraging others to do so as well.
Despite the widespread adoption of VPNs, there have been grave concerns raised regarding the potential of exchanging user data with a third party or compromising privacy.
ExpressVPN does not disclose user information with third parties, as Harold pointed out. “We do not collect information that allows ExpressVPN or anybody else to link an individual to specific network activity or behavior,” he stated. Our systems aren’t set up to save sensitive information about our clients. We can’t share data that we don’t have, even if we’re forced to.”
“We don’t keep track of your browsing history, traffic destination, data content, or DNS queries. We never keep connection records, which means we don’t keep track of IP addresses, outgoing VPN IP addresses, connection timestamps, or session length. In essence, we don’t store or collect any information that may be used to identify a person or their online activities,” Harold Li added according to reports.
What’s the point?
Nigeria is home to one of the world’s most populous nations. As of January 2021, about half of Nigeria’s population was online, according to a report. Most of these users, who use Twitter to communicate with people, share knowledge, and run their businesses, will be limited by the Twitter ban and the Nigerian government’s attempt to regulate social media platforms.