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Where has social media been blocked?

Currently blocking the access
Blocked access in the past
No evidence
61 out of 196 analyzed countries and territories have blocked social media or voice over IP apps, affecting more than 70% of the global population.
Most of the long-term social media or VoIP censorship cases have been registered in Asia. 75% of countries currently blocking services are located in Asia.

How many people have been affected?

The words “social media block” don’t translate well the scope of their effects. That’s why it’s important to know how many people are affected by it. This chart shows just how many users have suffered or still suffer social media blockages.

Facebook is the most censored social media platform. 46% of the global population has been affected by government-imposed Facebook blocks.
Whatsapp is the most censored voice over IP (VoIP) app. 41% of the global population has been affected by government-imposed Whatsapp blocks.

Why was social media blocked?

This bar chart ranks the reasons for social media blocks by frequency, showing you why governments undertake these drastic measures to limit online freedom.

Facebook is the most feared platform by the government in the case of protests. Out of 36 registered cases related to protests, Facebook was blocked 31 times.
Telegram and Whatsapp are often permanently blocked due to internet laws that make VoIP services illegal.

When was social media blocked?

There are several reasons why a country would shut down the internet. This chart lists them by frequency, thus allowing us to determine the most “popular” ones.

Over the last 5 years, at least 51 governments have imposed social media censorship over their citizens. On average, 13 countries each year.
5 countries have already done that in 2022 so far, which is less than the 5-year average. Suggesting that this year fewer countries than the 5-year average might restrict access to social media in order to control the spread of information.