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 analytics measurements. 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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