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Tanzania Shuts Down Internet on Polls Day

Tanzanian authorities have reportedly shut down a section of the internet on Wednesday as the country holds her general polls.

Twitter and WhatsApp users in the country started reporting restrictions on the platforms with Twitter already having complained of the act terming it a hindrance to “basic human rights”.

Internet service providers seem to be on instructions not to enable access of data from the said platforms, users of Google and its subsidiaries finding it hard to send and receive information.

“Real-time metrics show that Twitter, WhatsApp, backend servers for Instagram and some Google services including Gmail and Translate are generally or partially unavailable via Tanzania’s leading network operators Vodacom, Airtel, Tigo, Halotel and ZanTel. Meanwhile, data indicate a more generalized disruption of services on state-owned operator TTCL, the Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation,” a report from Netblocks partly reads.

The virtual private network has also not been spared as attempts by users have been futile thanks to the blocking of the text message verification.

A day before the exercise begun, reports emerged that short text messages containing the names of opposition presidential candidates, such as Tundu Lissu and Maalim Seif, were not going through when sent, that poking holes into the credibility of the whole vote.

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