Zim govt likely pressurised providers to pull plug on internet - tech expert

Internet service providers and mobile operators in Zimbabwe have partially blocked internet services and access to social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp.

Tech expert Duncan McLeod presumes that the operators were given order by the Zimbabwean government and threatened with potential sanctions.

Presumably, there is some sort of heavy-handed approach saying if they don't do this, there will be consequences.

Duncan McLeod, TechCentral Editor

Read: Zimbabwe faces internet blackout and security clampdown amid protests

Zimbabwe’s largest mobile operator Econet is reported to have shut down internet services on its network entirely.

The blackout comes amid a security clampdown, one day after the country was rocked by protests against sharp fuel hikes.

Also read: 'Sooner or later things are going to come to a head' - MDC

The Zimbabwean government has written to various internet service providers and mobile operators instructing them to block access to certain social media platforms.

Duncan McLeod, TechCentral Editor

The shutdown doesn't seem to be across the board. Some users are reporting that they have been able to access some of these services.

Duncan McLeod, TechCentral Editor

McLeod says if such a shutdown were to happen in South Africa, the government would be urgently taken to court.

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