DRC blocks SMSes

The government of the DRC is reported to have ordered SMS communications and social media access shut down in a bid to avoid violence.

The move came after election-related rumours were spread via SMS.

Protests against the expected outcome of the elections were attributed in part to messages spread on social networks and via SMS.

With fears of an escalation of violence, the government has ordered SMS and social media access blocked until further notice.

Political rallies were also banned.

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