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Burundi cuts off social media on election day


Social media platforms have grow to be inaccessible in Burundi as voting kicked off across the east African region on Wednesday.

The BBC has confirmed that entry to Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook has been blocked.

Only those people using Virtual Non-public Network (VPN), which mask a user’s id, could obtain the social media web pages.

The government has not commented on the progress.

Polling stations opened early morning and journalist Moses Havyarimana has tweeted a photo of the turnout in just one station:

Human rights organisations had urged the govt not to block the world-wide-web on voting working day due to the fact it would hinder entry to essential election info.

Critics say the outage will also impact the opposition who will be unable to flag electoral malpractices.


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