As protests continue in Cuba over the resolution of the country’s coronavirus pandemic and the surrounding economic consequences, the Cuban government has taken steps to restrict access to social networks and messaging platforms. According to , an organization that monitors Internet access, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Telegram have been at least partially blocked on the Caribbean island since Monday.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the restrictions appear to be in place, s reporting that people in Havana do not currently have access to mobile data. We’ve been looking for Facebook and Telegram to confirm downtime, and we’ll update this article when we get back from companies.
Mobile internet access is relatively new to Cuba. It was just in that the socialist government in the country had begun to provide services throughout the island. At the time, President Miguel Diaz-Canel, protesting politicians demanding his resignation, said greater internet access would help Cubans “defend their revolution”. However, Cuba’s approach to disagreement is not new. We have seen governments in countries like i use similar strategies when facing protests in the past.
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