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Similar to the Turkish Government’s internet censorship, countries in Africa have started creating internet blackouts. The blackouts are reported to have occurred during prime-moments in the political season such as elections or protests.

President Ali Bongo of Goban, a Central-African country was re-elected for a second term in August of last year. His opposition supporters rioted and resorted to deadly violence in the heart of the country, fighting for a recount because of a loss by six thousand votes. Due to the violence, Internet connectivity was cut off from the general public for four days, with an internet curfew following. Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites remained blocked even after the internet was opened back up.

Incumbent Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba greets supporters in Moanda on August 23, 2016.
AFP / MARCO LONGARI / Getty Images

The censorship by many African countries are rumored to also be driven by the increasing use of Tor and encrypted messaging apps such as Signal and Telegram. With the government’s hindered ability to spy on their citizen’s, restricting access to the internet seems to be their go-to.

Developed countries like the United States, Germany and Italy have many internet providers, therefore it would be a bit more difficult to censor the internet to the same capacity. On another note, the internet is easily limited in various countries such as Goban, Iran and Nigeria because of their reliance on a single telecommunications provider.

 

 
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