As of today, the Twitter ban is still in place in Nigeria even though many companies who can afford Virtual Private Network (VPN) Services are still actively tweeting regardless of the ban by the Federal Government. This is because startups have built their businesses around the growing social media audience and many have been successful so far. While it is true that some startups and celebrities have found their way back to Twitter in spite of the ban, many who desire to get around the ban for whatever reasons still have no means of continuing their businesses online. But there is a simple way you can go around this without having to pay. You see most VPN services come at a price with some of the lowest starting at about N3,600 per month.
How to access Twitter without having to pay in light of the current ban
There is a free VPN service called Touch VPN and while it is not among the best out there, it can solve the basic and immediate problem. Touch VPN has a Chrome extension but the challenge with this is that if you already you your Chrome browser to open other sites, it would change location and therefore a streamlined online experience. So let’s say I have many tabs open including about five social media sites and my location is Nigeria, you see using a Touch VPN and switching browsing location to say South Africa could in fact distort my experience. You may start getting messages that someone is accessing your account from South Africa and you should change your password.
In addition, many conventional web browsers don’t like the VPN experience as many of them come with ad blockers and data collection blocking tools. Big tech relies on your browsing history and patterns to sell targeted ads to you, this is something they may not get if you use VPN services.
However, if you just want the VPN to access Twitter in Nigeria only, you may need to download a new web browser called Torch. Torch looks like Chrome so it won’t be difficult for many to use. Here are steps you need to follow to start using Twitter now without having to pay for VPN.
- Download the Torch browser
- Install the file that has downloaded to your computer
- Click on the 3 dots at the top right corner of the page
- Hover your mouse on the More Tools arrow where you should see a pop-out
- Click on Extensions
- In the search bar, type Touch VPN
- Install It and you should see among your extensions in the top right corner too
- Open the newly installed Touch VPN and select any country other than Nigeria and these locations (the last green button with a finger pressing on a switch is the Touch VPN)
- Go to twitter.com, you may be asked to verify that its you, so check your email for a code
And that’s it. You are back on Twitter as though the ban never happened
Please share this with others who need to use Twitter and don’t want to pay a fee for VPN.
The last thing I would say is that the usual online abuse has dramatically reduced too as many can’t access it. Let’s remain civil online. Cheers