Platform disruptions affecting multiple streaming platforms including YouTube and Periscope have been detected by the NetBlocks internet observatory on state provider CANTV (AS8048), starting 17:15 UTC Tuesday 29 January 2019 during the live streaming of a politically significant session of the Venezuelan National Assembly.
Confirmed: YouTube and Periscope restricted in #Venezuela from 5:15PM UTC (1:15PM VET) during live-streamed National Assembly session; incident ongoing #KeepItOnhttps://t.co/UQYnYGQ4Gw pic.twitter.com/HBND7e2M5j
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) January 29, 2019
Measurements from over a hundred vantage points and 50,000 network measurements from across Venezuela show that the two streaming services have become inaccessible to most users from 17:15 UTC. The outages are consistent with mechanisms used to filter online content in the country.
The incident is the second record incident of Just-in-Time filtering observed during January, with the first instance taking place during a live-streamed speech by Juan Guaidó on Sunday evening. The targeted filtering comes in a backdrop of regional internet outages observed through recent days, and follows government censorship of traditional media outlets.
Confirmed: Periscope, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram briefly inaccessible in #Venezuela from 1:02AM to 1:14AM UTC (9:02PM to 9:14PM VET) coinciding with Juan Guaidó live-streamed speech #KeepItOnhttps://t.co/nHAY8vznIG pic.twitter.com/nGBJo86DBl
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) January 28, 2019
Internet performance and service reachability are determined via NetBlocks web probe privacy-preserving analytics. Each measurement consists of latency round trip time, outage type and autonomous system number aggregated in real-time to assess service availability and latency in a given country. Network providers and locations enumerated as vantage point pairs. The root cause of a service outage may be additionally corroborated by means of traffic analysis and manual testing as detailed in the report.
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