MUSSINA – Zimbabwe has blocked up the internet once again, with all online services now down as of late Thursday night as the government seeks to contain the spreading of information through social media platforms.
On Wednesday the government had restored internet connectivity although social media platforms had remained offline. Zimbabweans had started to access social media platforms through Virtual Private Networks which ride on internet connectivity to circumvent blockage of some online platforms.
Econet Wireless has send out a message to subscribers saying it has been ordered to close down all internet connectivity. This comes a few days after Zimbabwe suffered mass protests over fuel price hikes.
“At 22:05 17/01/2019 we were served with another directive for total shutdown of the internet until further notice. Our lawyers advised we are required to comply with the directive,” Econet said in a texted message.
The Zimbabwe chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) said yesterday through its lawyers that it was approaching the courts to have the government unblock social media accessibility.