Jul 13, 2021 - Technology

Cuba blocks social media access following protests

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Cuba has limited access to some social media and messaging apps following anti-government protests that started Sunday.

Why it matters: Governments are increasingly using partial or complete internet shutdowns as a response to political unrest.

According to NetBlocks, Cuba's national internet service provider blocked access to WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram as well as some Telegram servers.

  • As of Tuesday it said VPNs were working to help evade the government crackdown.

Flashback: NetBlocks spotted a similar crackdown in Cuba in November 2020, following separate protests over artistic freedom.

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