AUDIENCE AWARENESS OF THE IMPACT OF TWITTER BAN ON ONLINE INTERACTION AMONG UNIZIK UNDERGRADUATES.

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu, Chiemezie Chukwuka Ugochukwu, Emilia Uchenna Ifechukwu

Abstract


The ban of microblogging platform – Twitter by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in June 2021 raised a lot of concern from Nigerians in different walks of life. The suspension of the microblogging platform had far-reaching effect on different actors. Social media has emerged as a prominent tool among Nigerians of varied age groups to communicate seamlessly. Hence, this study investigated audience awareness of the impact of Twitter ban on online interaction among Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka undergraduate students. The researchers arrived at 400 students as the sample size using the Taro Yamane’s sampling formula. The findings of this study indicate that Twitter is widely used, majority of the respondents are aware of Twitter ban, the ban had negative consequences on the respondents and that most people found alternative means to communicate online. The study recommends among other things that the government can create alternative social media platforms and also harness Twitter as a tool for public sensitization.


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