(Reuters) – Cuba has been restricting access to social media and messaging platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Telegram since Monday, global internet monitoring company NetBlocks said Tuesday amid protests against the government in the country.
London-based NetBlocks said on its website that social networks and messaging platforms in Cuba were still partially paralyzed on Tuesday, which “will likely limit the flow of information from Cuba.”
The government did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Neither is Telegram and Facebook Inc, which owns Instagram and WhatsApp. Social platform Twitter Inc said it saw no blockages on its service.
Thousands of Cubans took part in demonstrations in Havana and Santiago on Sunday to protest Cuba’s economic crisis and the country’s handling of the pandemic, and some called for an end to communism.
The arrival of the mobile internet two and a half years ago is one of the central factors behind the protests, as it gives Cubans something of a platform to express their frustrations and allows the news to spread quickly when people are out on the streets.
Reuters witnesses in the capital said on Tuesday they were still without mobile data.
Mobile internet blackouts have increased this year. The network monitoring company Kentik said it had watched the entire country go offline for less than 30 minutes around 4 pm on Sunday, the height of the protests in Havana.
(By Sarah Marsh, Nelson Acosta and Reuters TV in Havana, Sheila Dang and Elizabeth Culliford in New York)
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