Twitter Bot Deployed to Archive All #ENDSARS Tweets

The 2020 #EndSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria movement has not been like the previous ones, the energy is very high as youths across the country have come together in unity to ask for justice.

Adebayo Samuel Oluwaseyi is a software developer at Zhibo Digital, he has designed a Twitter Bot to archive all the #EndSARS tweets for research and reference purposes.

End Special Anti-Robbery Squad (End SARS) or #EndSARS is a social movement in Nigeria that started on Twitter calling for the banning of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigerian Police Force.

It is a call to end police oppression and brutality in Nigeria. The protests started as a social media campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand for Nigeria’s government to scrap and end the deployment of Nigeria Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad, popularly known as SARS.

According to Wikipedia, within a weekend (9-11 October 2020), the #ENDSARS hashtag had up to 28million tweets.

Nigerians have shared both stories and video evidence of how members of SARS engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, high-handedness, humiliation, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and extortion.

β€œYou cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future”.

THOMAS SANKARA

Presently, the bot is only archiving the data needed which consist of the time the tweet was created, the user, media files URLs, and archived time, so in the coming days probably after the protest, it will download all media files so even if it’s is deleted on the Twitter database, there will still be a copy on the archive and an API to access the data will be released subsequently.

According to Seyi, the bot doesn’t have a user interface/ acct that can be engaged. It is more like a worker; using API (Application Programming Interface) – an interface for communicating between applications.

You can request for the source code via, project@zhibodigital.com.ng. Use, TWITTER BOT SOURCE CODE in the subject of your email.

TOP #ENDSARS TWEETS:

At ZHIBO DIGITAL, Seyi engages in researching, designing, implementing, and managing software programs. Also, he is responsible for testing and evaluating new programs. As well as identifying areas for modification in existing programs and subsequently developing these modifications. As well as writing and implementing efficient code.

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