As nationwide strikes get underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Internet capacity has been throttled to prevent pictures being transmitted via social media.
In an apparent attempt to prevent citizens from spreading news of strikes and other civil action, the chief regulator for posts and telecommunications, Oscar Manikunda Musata has requested that telcos restrict capacity on their networks.
The throttling is to prevent the exchange of “abusive” images via social media, and is aimed at restricting usage on Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Twitter.
Nationwide strikes have been planned for today and tomorrow in protest against President Joseph Kabila, who has refused to step down when his mandate expires in December.
Yesterday, clashes between security forces and anti-government groups resulted in 14 deaths.