CoinSpice can confirm a new report there is indeed internet disruption and social media censorship in several parts of Venezuela, following a series of protests and military incidents in Caracas, the capital of the country.
Venezuela Internet, Social Media Disruption Confirmed
The Venezuelan Government is reportedly blocking and censoring internet traffic to some sites, mostly to social networks like Twitter and Instagram, following a military dispute in the capital of the city. According to the source, bans were detected from the state internet provider CANTV, the biggest ISP of the country (and the one most people have access to due to low prices). Users have resorted to using VPNs in several parts of the country to access sites.
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) January 21, 2019
A CoinSpice reporter also confirmed this is indeed true, and these services are being disrupted. Another popular news site armando.info has also been blocked from being accessed. However, Facebook appears to be accessible while YouTube is blocked in some parts of the country.
There has not been an official declaration from the Venezuelan government, but Netblocks declares this outage is “is technically consistent with controls used to filter internet content in the country.” Restrictions follow a series of selective disruptions made by the Venezuelan government Wikipedia site.
Venezuelan Internet Censorship Law in the Works
These incidents could become permanent if a new “Cyberspace Law” is enacted. The proposal states the internet would become “an activity of public and strategic interest for the defense of the nation” in the draft being studied by lawmakers.
According to reports from El Nacional, a local news outlet also blocked by the Venezuelan government, this law could force companies and internet providers to “open its networks and infrastructure to government personnel when necessary.” The law is set to be discussed by the National Constituent Assembly in the near future.
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