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DRC to block social media ahead of protests calling for President Kabila to step down

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The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Government has ordered ALL telecoms companies block ALL social media networks on Sunday 18 December ahead of protests set for Monday, 19 December, calling for President Kabila to step down after his constitutionally-mandated second term comes to an end on the same day.

The DRC Government has ordered the telecoms firms to block Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Skype, Viber, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn, among other social media and sharing platforms.

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The order was issued by DRC’s Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ARPTC), their version of POTRAZ, which called for:

temporary blocking of sharing of images, video and voice (data) over the network…

…In cases where partial blocking is not possible, you are required to block access to the relevant social networks entirely

DRC ISPs and Telecom providers have announced that they will comply with the directive fearing non-compliance would result in their licenses being terminated.


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One thought on “DRC to block social media ahead of protests calling for President Kabila to step down

  1. Waste of time and loss of revenue I am chatting to a colleague right now and told him to spread TOR and ONION web links. That is why we dont need a single gateway, That Robert guy was right in that article.

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