Thursday, July 7, 2016

Zimbabwean Government Taps SIM Cards in WhatsApp Clampdown

Zimbabwe’s telecoms regulator has threatened to disconnect mobile subscribers it says are spreading information via WhatsApp about the protests that have rocked the country.

According to Fin24 tech, Zimbabwe is battling to contain public outrage over economic mismanagement, alleged police heavy handedness and delayed salaries for civil servants.

Public workers and other citizens called for job actions, stayaways and protests on Wednesday (read here) and Thursday via WhatsApp and other social messaging platforms.

However, there was an outage of WhatsApp early on Wednesday with accessibility to the service only restored later in the day.

The Posts and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe has now taken a swipe at those sharing and spreading information about the protests, saying they will be disconnected from mobile networks inside Zimbabwe.

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