Network data shows that Venezuela’s state-run internet provider ABA CANTV (AS8048) restricted access to YouTube, several Google services, Android mobile backend servers and Microsoft Bing on Monday 17 June 2019, at 7:30 p.m. UTC (3:30 p.m. VET). The nationwide block coincides with a live-streamed international press conference in Caracas where Juan Guaidó is discussing alleged cases of corruption in Cúcuta.
Confirmed: YouTube, Google services and Bing restricted in #Venezuela as Guaidó holds press conference from #Caracas on corruption in #Cúcuta; incident ongoing #17Jun #KeepItOn 📉https://t.co/2f4lsUrQfc pic.twitter.com/Vboj73kl56
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) June 17, 2019
Speaking to local and international media, Guaidó called for an investigation contesting allegations put forward by the Maduro government of a corruption scheme where money was said to have been sent to Cúcuta to recruit “hitmen.”
The disruption, which has nationwide impact, matches similar restrictions observed in recent months. Filters have been implemented prior or during major public appearances in recent instances as well as reactively after the start of broadcasts. Data show that each of the disruptions are consistent with methods used to filter online content in Venezuela.
Update: Access to the restricted services has been restored as of 8:00 p.m. UTC (4:00 p.m. VET) following the end of the press conference:
Each NetBlocks web probe measurement consists of latency round trip, outage type and autonomous system identity aggregated in real-time to assess service availability and performance in a given country.
The new disruptions show the continuation of ephemeral, or intermittent internet censorship imposed by the state appearing to target critical speech. Data are consistent with previous targeted disruptions during public appearances by Juan Guaidó, and during sessions of Venezuela’s National Assembly. The brief, targeted blocks are introduced in addition to long-running online censorship of news media and campaign websites.
Similar nationwide streaming service cuts were observed as Guaidó toured Mérida on 15 June 2019:
Confirmed: Instagram, YouTube, Periscope, Bing and Google services restricted in #Venezuela during Guaidó public speech from #Mérida; access restored at 5:30 p.m. UTC (1:30 p.m. VET) following end of speech #15Jun #KeepItOn 📉 pic.twitter.com/Ol96PVpJAF
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) June 15, 2019
Network data also show that a similar set of services were disrupted during the 11 June sitting of the National Assembly:
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) June 11, 2019
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