Disruptions affecting multiple web services including the YouTube and VIVOplay streaming platforms and Microsoft Bing have been detected by the NetBlocks internet observatory on state provider CANTV (AS8048), starting 14:40 PM UTC Saturday 23 February 2019, 10:40 PM Venezuela time. The disruptions have come in place as National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó arrives at the Tienditas Bridge with president Iván Duque of Colombia.
Confirmed: Internet platforms including YouTube, VIVOplay, Google services and Bing disrupted from 2:40 PM UTC (10:40 AM VET) as Guaidó and Duque arrive at #Tienditas bridge amid #Venezuela–#Colombia border standoffhttps://t.co/4vpnq5CWu6 pic.twitter.com/N226YvXH0E
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) February 23, 2019
Developments from the border are being live-streamed from both countries, as Venezuelans and many international countries have sought to break a blockade imposed by incumbent president Maduro to prevent aid and supplies from entering Venezuela.
#AHORA Así llegó el presidente (E) de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, junto al presidente colombiano, Iván Duque, al Puente Tienditas a pocos momentos de iniciar el envío de ayuda humanitaria para los venezolanos. #23Feb pic.twitter.com/aoizb1cj2j
— VPItv (@VPITV) February 23, 2019
Similar disruptions were observed yesterday during the airing of a prominent humanitarian aid concert, and the new outages follow patterns of website blocking associated with ephemeral censorship in Venezuela through recent weeks.
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