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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Photo: Ludovic Marin/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Nigeria's government says it is indefinitely suspending Twitter operations in the country after the social media giant temporarily froze the president's account.

Why it matters: Twitter removed a tweet posted by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, which the company said violated its "abusive behavior" policy. His accounts were frozen for 12 hours, per the Washington Post.

  • In the tweet, Buhari vowed to punish people in the country's southeastern region whom he blamed for recent attacks on public infrastructure.
  • "Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War," Buhari wrote. "Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand."
  • Many Nigerians flagged the post to Twitter, CNN reports.

The big picture: Twitter is "massively popular" in Nigeria, according to the Post.

  • Activists have mobilized using Twitter to launch protest movements including #EndSARS, which helped eliminate an allegedly abusive police unit last year.
  • Amnesty International’s Nigeria branch condemned the ban in a tweet Friday: "Twitter is widely used by Nigerians to exercise their human rights."
  • SERAP, a legal nonprofit in Lagos — Nigeria's largest city— said it will sue the government over the ban.
    • "Nigerians have a right to freedom of expression and access to information including online, and we plan to fight to keep it that way," the group tweeted.

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Twitter is rolling out the first iteration of its new subscription offering, "Twitter Blue," in Australia and Canada, the tech giant said Thursday. The subscription will cost users in Canada $2.88 monthly and users in Australia $3.44.

Why it matters: Twitter said in February that it's rolling out subscription products to help double its revenue by 2023.

Stock buybacks boom as corporate cash piles grow

The Delta variant is keeping more companies cautious about how to invest the mountains of cash they have at their disposal. That hesitancy has led, in part, to corporate spending on stock buybacks outpacing capital expenditures this year. 

Why it matters: Companies hoarded cash and raised prices over the past year — leaving them with a lot of money and decisions about what to do with it.

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Democrats are at a pivotal moment in their quest to expand health care coverage, slash the cost of prescription drugs and create a social structure that prioritizes people's health.

Driving the news: Democrats have a clear list of health care priorities they'll be fighting for this week. Among them is a measure to expand Medicare to cover dental, vision and hearing benefits.

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