July 12, 2016 IBOMLLC Team

Social Media Shutdown in Ethiopia following Exam Papers Leakage Online

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Currently in Ethiopia, it is that time of the year when students are sitting for their University entrance exams. Apparently, there has been an exam leakage, and the papers are being shared online, particularly over social media.

Thus, the government has taken steps to contain the situation by shutting down social media across Ethiopia. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Viber are said to be currently not accessible across the country.

This shutdown is supposed to be temporary until the university entrance exams are over. After which, regular social media service will be back.

It’s a temporary measure until Wednesday. Social media have proven to be a distraction for students,” said Getachew Reda, the Ethiopia Government spokesman.

History of Media Censorship in Ethiopia

The government of Ethiopia was among the first African government to censor the internet. In fact, the government has been accused of censoring too much opposition blogs and human rights website; they are frequently blocked.

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