Twitter's New Office in Ghana Seen As a Snub to LGBTQI+ People

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex right groups has slammed social media giant Twitter's decision to open a office in Ghana as "a slap in the face" for sexual minorities in the country who suffer abuse and persecution. The company had announced that Ghana was selected because it was a supporter of free speech, online freedom and the Open Internet - values which Twitter said it also advocated for. But LGBTQI+ rights groups criticised the move, accusing the company of disregarding the plight of LGBT+ people in Ghana, where persecution is widespread and gay sex is punishable with up to three years in jail. Ghana has not prosecuted anyone for same-sex relations in years, but LGBT+ people face frequent abuse and discrimination, including blackmail and attacks, human rights researchers say.

Twitter's New Office in Ghana Seen As a Snub to LGBTQI+ People

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