According to a CNN report, after a four-day internet outage in Uganda, the country resumed internet services on Monday, noting the blocking of social media access.
Resuming internet services on the fifth day after the internet closed on Wednesday, the report says social media access is still limited to VPN in the country.
📢📢UPDATE: After just over 4 days, Internet access is restored by telecom companies in # Uganda It seems that access to #socialmedia has been blocked since January 11 # InternetFreedomAfrica # KeepItOn #InternetShutdown pic.twitter. com / FkreXvvT5j
– CIPESA (@cipesaug) January 18, 2021
The internet shutdown was reportedly followed by chaos in the country due to general elections just before hours on Thursday. After the social media platform, Facebook suspended several accounts of the pro-government, Yoweri Museveni’s National Resistance Movement (NRM). Later that was defined as Facebook of “arrogance”, by Museveni.
However, according to data released by NetBlocks, the Internet Observatory, which tracks outages and shutdowns, and also known as the Internet Freedom Monitor, estimated that the shutdown would cost over $ 9 million to the economy of the Uganda. Whereas, according to Cipesa, an African internet-based NGO said the closure disrupted both mobile money and the biometric voting system.
Update: It’s been 100 hours since #Uganda imposed a nationwide internet blackout on the eve of the election. The service has not been restored and real-time network data shows connectivity is only 13% of normal levels ⌚️📉 # UgandaDecides2021📉 https://t.co/0qQtBcr4Fc pic.twitter.com/StGCSC1o9n
– NetBlocks (@netblocks) January 17, 2021
- Uganda: Internet services resumed on the fifth day, closing cost the economy $ 9 million