Why is #RIPTwitter trending across Africa?

Why is #RIPTwitter trending across Africa?

Right now the hashtags #RIPTwitter and #GoodbyeTwitter are the most-used phrases worldwide on Twitter – together with Kenya, South Africa and Ghana – as customers worry the social media platform is going to be shut down.

The trending hashtags seem to be a response to the news that the company’s new CEO, Elon Musk, has “temporarily closed” the company’ offices, with fast impact.

There’s added concern that if the platform had been to shut down, it will have a major influence on how residents and activists’ voices might be amplified to maintain power to account and make alliances with like-minded folks around the world.

The use of Twitter’s hashtag characteristic has been central to bringing consciousness of African issues to a worldwide viewers, by making them a trending matter on the platform. The #EndSARS hashtag – which trended number one worldwide with greater than 1 million tweets on the day of the Lekki tollgate shootings – introduced worldwide consideration to police brutality in Nigeria.

In 2018, a video exhibiting ladies and children being killed by Cameroonian troopers went viral on Twitter, main to a BBC Africa Eye investigation that resulted within the arrest and imprisonment of these troopers.

In 2014, the hashtag used to increase consciousness of the kidnap of schoolgirls in Nigeria, was so intently related to the story, that America’s former first lady, Michelle Obama tweeted an image of herself with #BringBackOurGirls written on a chunk of paper.

Why is #RIPTwitter trending across Africa?

Many on-line are actually trying to find another to the social media platform and there’s hope that an app made in Africa called Dikalo might be another for the continent.

The company – named after the Douala language phrase for message – was based by Cameroonian Alain Ekambi in 2017 has a mission to turn into “Africa’s best social network”. They additionally declare to have seen an uptick in new customers within the weeks following Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter.

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