Zimbabwe has entered day 7 of a social media blockade put in place by the government on 15 January 2019. WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and other social media apps remain blocked. The rest of the internet, however, is working.
Zimbabweans are relying on Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) such as Psiphon to access social media. The government has however made effort to also block some VPN services but this has not affected all of them.
Given the blocking of WhatsApp, Zimbabweans are using alternative apps, like Telegram, that haven’t been blocked, to message each other.
Today, the High Court will decide on whether the social media blockade is legal following an urgent chamber application by The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and The Zimbabwe Lawyers For Human Rights (ZLHR) made last week. The matter is set down for 1430hrs before Justice O.Tagu.