Social media restricted in Venezuela on day of National Assembly leadership vote

Data from the NetBlocks internet observatory confirm that Venezuela’s state-run internet provider ABA CANTV has restricted access to Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook services on the morning of Sunday 5 January 2020. The targeted filtering commenced as security forces were seen blocking lawmakers and media access to National Assembly premises in advance of today’s leadership vote, and was applied for 2.5 hours.


Members of the local and international press remained barred amid tense scenes outside Venezuela’s legislative palace several hours after the incident began.




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