Belarus reportedly blocked and strangled Twitter in reaction to protests
According to Vice, the government responded to the uprising by shooting rubber bullets and stun grenades at protesters, arresting them and trying to block parts of the internet.
Our partners in # Belarus say the authorities have:
🚫 cut an uplink carrying 50% of foreign traffic
🚫 blocked dozens of sites incl. some independent media and alternative voting sites
🚫 blocked a number of VPN services #Internetshutdowns flawed elections. Belarus must #KeepItOn
– Access now (@accessnow) Aug 9, 2020
Access Now, a digital rights nonprofit, had tweeted Recently, Belarusian authorities blocked not only Twitter, but also access to various media sites and even some VPNs. NetBlocks, an organization that monitors Internet freedom, too tweeted that Belarus had been “largely disconnected” since Sunday. Local journalists have reported that their VPNs are also blocked.
Update: it’s been almost 24 hours since # Belarus went largely offline after a series of internet disruptions that worsened during Sunday’s election.
Real-time network data confirms the incident is ongoing, restricting freedom of speech and assembly
– NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) Aug 10, 2020