[Senegal] Government shuts down the Internet amid massive rioting
Senegal Government has shut down the internet in some parts of the country following massive riots as a result of the sentencing of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko.
Citizens in the West African country have reported being unable to access Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Telegram and other social media platforms. Mobile data has also been suspended, sending many users fully offline.
The government said in a statement that protestors are using the platforms to spread “hateful and subversive” messages, hence fueling the riots.
”Because of the spread of hateful and subversive messages … mobile Internet is temporarily suspended at certain hours of the day,” the statement read.