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Social media shutdown in The Democratic Republic of Congo

COMING TO AN END: President Kabila

AUTHORITIES IN the Democratic Republic of Congo have ordered the blocking of social networking websites including Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp before President Joseph Kabila's mandate expires at midnight on Sunday.

This government order from Congo's Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ARPTC) requires the "temporary blocking of sharing of images, video and voice [data] over the network" from 11:59pm local time (2259GMT) on Sunday, but gave no reason for the orders.

It also provided a list of platforms to be blocked, including Skype.

"In cases where partial blocking is not possible, you are required to block access to the relevant social networks entirely," it said.

An executive at another affected ISP said disregarding the order would result in offending providers having their licences terminated. Two providers have indicated to AFP they will go ahead with the necessary technical tests to determine if they can impose the block as requested.

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