The self-declared republic located northwest of Somalia is set to have its presidential elections come Monday, November 13, 2017. The breakaway region’s electoral commission has asked mobile service carriers in the region to block over a dozen social media platform.
The Somaliland electoral commission has identified Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, Google Plus, Snapchat, Duo, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Viber among others, as social networks that the carriers should block.
The commission has asked the carriers to block the social network platforms immediately after the Monday elections, until the day the results are announced. The commission argues there are “external forces” hell-bent on spreading “inciteful and tribalistic” information around Somaliland. The commission has expressed its frustrations in controlling the proliferation of these messages.
Although the commission through spokesperson Said Ali Muse allayed fears that the internet will be completely shut down during the voting exercise. Muse said this to calm the fears expressed by businesses and other citizens who need the internet for other uses.
“As the election commission, we have given telecommunication companies an order to block social sites, and they have agreed to it,” said Muse.
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