Network data confirm the restriction of social video platform TikTok in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on multiple internet providers on Friday 16 December 2022. The incident comes amid protests over high fuel prices which have spread to multiple cities.
⚠️ Confirmed: Metrics show that social video service TikTok has been restricted in #Jordan on multiple internet providers; the incident comes amid protests over high fuel prices that have spread to several cities across the kingdom pic.twitter.com/2meebeKHnb
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Real-time NetBlocks metrics show that TikTok frontends and backends have been restricted from early Friday morning. This class of disruption can be worked around using VPN services, which are able to circumvent government internet censorship measures.
Jordan has frequently restricted access to online platforms during protests, with Facebook Live streaming targeted during Teachers’ Syndicate protests in 2020. The country does not typically issue public notices regarding the practice, although in this instance public security forces subsequently explained that “The TikTok platform did not deal with its misuse, and videos were promoted from outside Jordan to influence the feelings of citizens.”
What’s happening in Jordan?
Violent clashes have broken out as authorities attempt to gain control over the protesters, who police are referring to as “rioters.” Fuel prices have risen sharply in Jordan amid an economic downturn and a reduction in subsidies, leading to discontent among much of the population.
One police officer was shot in the head and killed in Maan, southern Jordan, per police, while protesters have also been injured per eyewitnesses.
- Top police officer shot dead in fuel price protests – Jordan News
- Police officer killed during protests in Jordan over high fuel prices – Reuters
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