February 17, 2014
Venezuela has been plunged into a spiral of violence since last Wednesday. Clashes between student groups and repressive government forces continue to this day. On the Internet, Twitter has become the favorite forum for both sides to denounce or report on protests amid accusations of digital censorship of the government. Below we offer you a few keys on how Internet communications are in this country.
On Wednesday night, coinciding with the first serious episodes of violence, numerous Venezuelan users on Twitter began to denounce that it was not possible to upload any of the attached images on this social network, and accused the government of censoring this channel to prevent the dissemination of photographs or videos of the protests.
On Thursday, Twitter spokesperson Nu Wexler confirmed to Bloomberg that Venezuelan providers were blocking the entry of images to the social network in that country. The statements were not long in being answered by a spokesman for the official telephone provider in Venezuela, CANTV, where they denied the accusations by Twitter. According to CANTV, Twitter’s servers are outside of Venezuela, and other countries experienced the same problem.
Despite CANTV’s statements, the truth is that the fact that Twitter images are on servers outside of Venezuela does not imply that a local provider cannot block access by their IP addresses to those images.
via Internet and censorship: what is really happening in Venezuela ?.
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