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UPDATED

September 25, 2022

Internet shutdown tracker

Undemocratic governments around the world are increasingly turning to internet blackouts and social media censorship to maintain their rule. They use it to prevent the dissemination of information and to impede organizational efforts.

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5,698,341,933
Total users deprived of internet access to date
76
Total countries that have disrupted access to date

Where has the internet been restricted?

Continental statistics

We have sorted the internet and social media blocks by continent for easier viewing

Africa
Asia
Europe
North America
South America
Oceania
Africa has been one of the the most affected by internet censorship by the proportion of the population. 8 out of 10 Africans have felt internet and social media shutdowns.
Cases of blocking: 90
Out of which due to:
40
Protests
24
Elections
26
Political turmoil
0
Internet law
 
No. of countries
% of the continent
No evidence
20
37%
Blocked internet services in the past
34
63%
Currently blocking social media or VoIP
2
3.7%
Blocked social media or VoIP in the past
25
46.3%
Internet connection disrupted in the past
25
46.3%
Affected people
1,027,703,174
76.8%

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Continental ranking based on blockings: 9th

Cases of blocking : 4

Out of which due to:

1

Protests

N/A

Elections

3

Political turmoil

N/A

Internet law

Blocked social media platforms

Facebook

2009, July

Twitter

2009, July

Youtube

2009, July

Instagram

2016, September

Telegram

2016, July

Whatsapp

2017, September

Insights

More than 2/3 of all Asian countries have had limited access to the internet in the past for reasons ranging from total Western social media shutdowns to blocking YouTube because of leaked sexual footage involving local politicians.
African countries block access to social media the most (34 countries), especially amid political turmoil or elections. 1/3 of African countries have restricted access to internet services because of elections.
While South America doesn’t have many recorded cases of internet restrictions, Venezuela has blocked social media at least 18 times in 2019, every time acting president Juan Guaido was airing a speech online.
India remains the largest internet shutdown offender, with some of its internet blockages lasting for months in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.

Recent news

Iran
Iran
September 21, 2022
Instagram and WhatsApp, the last remaining international platforms in Iran, have subsequently been restricted nationally since September 21. The incident comes amid widening protests after the death of Mahsa Amini.
Source
Iran
Iran
September 21, 2022
After the Instagram and WhatsApp restrictions, a nationwide shutdown of mobile networks happened in Iran on Wednesday, September 21. Mobile internet was disrupted for a third day on the following Friday.
Source
Iran
Iran
September 19, 2022
A near-total internet service disruption happened in parts of Kurdistan province in western Iran. The incident came amid widening protests after the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by Iran’s morality police for allegedly violating Iran’s strict hijab headscarf rules.
Source
Armenia
Armenia
September 14, 2022
The social media platform TikTok was restricted on multiple internet providers in Armenia and Azerbaijan. The incident happened amid deadly clashes between the countries over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Source