All social media and messaging platforms blocked in Ethiopia


Popular social media platforms such as facebook and twitter are blocked throughout Ethiopia since yesterday morning. Also included in this information blackout are messaging applications like whatsup, viber and imo. No official statement was given by the government but it is believed that the service disruption is related to the national university entrance exam that will be held throughout the country starting from tomorrow.

The exam was originally scheduled for May 30, 2016 but unauthorised copies were leaked by dissidents and distributed on social media forcing the government to cancel the exam. Earlier this week, reports circulating on social media indicated that unauthorised copies of tomorrow’s exam were leaked once again. The ministry of education has stated that additional effort was spent to maintain secrecy of the exam and conformed there were no leaks of the repeat exam that will begin tomorrow as scheduled.



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