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Nigeria Orders Broadcasting Media to Disregard Twitter as News Source

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The mandate, which the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) released on Monday, commanded all of Nigeria’s broadcasting stations to suspend their use of Twitter. This included TV and radio platforms across the country.

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  • In a statement, the NBC announced broadcasting stations can no longer use the platform as a source of “information gathering for news and programmes presentation especially phone-in.”
  • Alongside Monday’s directive, the government ordered NBC to “immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.” They also reported the government will consider any broadcaster who still uses Twitter as a news source unpatriotic. The declaration referenced 5.6.3 of the NBC Act to Twitter’s role in the nation. The code “requires broadcasters to be mindful of materials that may cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society in the use of a user-generated content (UGC).”
  • The news comes days after Twitter deleted President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet about punishing secessionists in the southeastern part of the country. In addition, the Nigerian government cited the social media site’s so-called attempts to “undermine its corporate existence” as a reason for the suspension.
  • Nigeria banned its citizens from using the app on Saturday. However, Nigerians found a loophole to Twitter’s dismissal; people began utilizing VPNs and alternative platforms that bypass the domain restrictions.
  • When the Nigerian government discovered that many disregarded their orders, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, issued a decree via his spokesperson.

“Malami directed the Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation (DPPF) at the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, to swing into action and commence in earnest the process of prosecution of violators of the Federal Government De-activation of operations of Twitter in Nigeria,” the statement declared.

  • The country has not begun arresting people yet.
  • Other countries expressed criticism of the Nigerian government’s behavior. During the weekend, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada published a joint statement in which they announced their disappointment. They stated the Buhari-led administration violated both censorship and human rights and asked that the executives reconsider their stances.

Nigerian officials currently do not hold a specific determination as to how long the ban will last. On Sunday, Buhari’s spokesperson notified citizens that leaders only imposed the Twitter ban to reduce misinformation and fake news. However, on Monday, the government proceeded to extend the orders to the media. Black News Alert will report more information on this situation as soon as it is released.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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