Venezuela National Assembly live streams disrupted

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.

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.





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 are 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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