It seems the shutdown protests might be getting shut down in a different manner all together as internet access to instant messaging service WhatsApp and social media platform Facebook is no longer working on certain networks.
NetOne subscribers have been complaining that their access to these two services has been blocked off since around 1 AM with access only being restored when they install a VPN. Scrolling through Twitter, it seems there are a lot of people going through these errors and here are some of the complaints:
@OpenObservatory App tests run just now on a @NetOneCellular connection indicate a very high possibility that #Whatsapp, #Telegram & web connectivity are censored on the network#ZimbabweShutDown cc @TabaniMoyo @angelaquintal @kubatana @netblocks @accessnow @ZimMediaReview pic.twitter.com/G3R8j9UHvb
— MISAZimbabwe (@misazimbabwe) January 15, 2019
If you want to continue using these services, what’s your next option? Well, the VPN is your next bet. The whole country is going lights out as every major internet service provider and network is turning off access to WhatsApp and Facebook. Econet and TelOne have done the same, and so too has ZOL.
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