Cuba restricts access to social media and messaging during protests


The global internet monitoring firm NetBlocks finds that Cuba has restricted access to social media and messaging platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, as well as some Telegram servers, on the govt-owned telecom provider ETECSA during the largest protests the country has seen in decades. Access to the streaming services YouTube and Google Video was also limited. The protests focused on rising prices, curbs on civil liberties, and the government’s handling of the pandemic. NetBlocks noted that some connectivity was preserved to maintain a semblance of normality. The outages lasted from July 12 to July 18.

Writer: Al Jazeera; NetBlocks
Publication: Al Jazeera; NetBlocks
Publication date: 2021-07-14, 2021-07-12

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