Former presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, sued Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, to the tune of $1 billion, and also petitioned that all operations of Twitter be stopped in all and any part of Nigeria. All of this began when the #EndSARS protests started on Twitter, gained ground, and attracted the attention of the CEO of Twitter himself, who tweeted and retweeted about the protests. He even went so far as to call for donations through Bitcoin payments to the Feminist Coalition.
Even after Garba sued him to court, Dorsey continued to tweet against bad governance and police brutality in Nigeria, especially after what happened at the Lekki tollgate on the 20th of October.
This move by Garba isn’t strange, especially since a bill was proposed in 2019 to place a ban on social media in Nigeria. Twitter was, and is, also the hotbed for all things #EndSARS. It started there, gained momentum there, and continues even though people cannot gather physically to protest.
Social media bans have been declared in countries such as China and North Korea, neither of which are democracies. However, the Nigerian government does have the right to ban Twitter, per Garba’s petition, if it deems the #EndSARS protest a gimmick to overthrow the existing government.
What is Crowwe?
Meanwhile, Garba has launched his app, called Crowwe, which he described on his Twitter handle as ‘a social network with business functionalities…a perfect fit for you and your business’ (see original tweet here). The first of its kind in Nigeria, is an app that supports instant messaging, financial transactions, and an easy-to-activate digital wallet that allows users to receive and transfer funds while chatting up family and friends.
The app features free calls, instant messaging, and a unique Secret Chat option, where messages can be permanently deleted after they have been opened and read by the intended recipient.
Available for download on Playstore, the app has over 5000 downloads and an average rating of 3 stars by reviewers.