Network data shows that Venezuela’s state-run internet provider ABA CANTV (AS8048) has restricted access to YouTube, Google services, Bing and Periscope from approximately 4:00 p.m. UTC (12:00 p.m. VET) as Juan Guaidó speaks to the public from Las Mercedes, Caracas.
Confirmed: YouTube, Bing and Google services restricted in #Venezuela again, as Guaido speaks to public from Las Mercedes, Caracas following detention of National Assembly deputies; incident ongoing #KeepItOn #11May ⬇️https://t.co/EH6BpnEEG1 pic.twitter.com/wc0Xl87eEL
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) May 11, 2019
Update: Access to affected services has been restored as of 5:25 p.m. UTC (1:25 p.m. VET).
In the speech which covered cases political persecution, military support, Guaidó expressed his gratitude to over fifty countries that are backing the National Assembly in its stated bid to restore democratic institutions in Venezuela.
Internet filtering in Venezuela has become increasingly pronounced in recent days, with a series of major disruptions during and after the uprising of April 30 2019.
NetBlocks studies in recent days have produced technical evidence of targeted censorship targeting press conferences by Guaidó, political activist Leopoldo Lopez and a meeting of oil industry workers.
Similar targeted disruptions have previously been observed during public appearances by Juan Guaidó, and during sessions of Venezuela’s National Assembly. Venezuela saw a remission in ephemeral network filtering during the nationwide power outages through March. News media and campaign website filters remained in place throughout that period and intermittent censorship resumed even as much of the country remained offline due to chronic power grid failures.
Past incidents of network filtering in Venezuela have lasted from twelve minutes to over twenty hours, when YouTube was restricted hours before the country’s first nationwide power outage. Network data indicates that the platform disruptions are consistent with methods used to block online content in Venezuela.
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