Editor’s Note: In May 2019 Facebook announced that it had banned an Israeli company, Archimedes Group, that ran influence campaigns aimed at disrupting elections in various countries. Togo was one of those countries. Read more about the Archimedes Group.
Mawuna Koutonin, Togo – The government of Togo has successfully tested a newly acquired censorship software to partially shutdown the internet targeting social media like WhatsApp, Facebook, signal, … and any websites related to local news.
That is a preemptive measure to deal with the announcement by the opposition party to lively publish the upcoming presidential results.
During the last 20 hours the test was conducted we were cut off the internet. All social media were blocked. We still could access Google search, Gmail, YouTube, American media. All news outlets related to local news were blocked.
We are having a presidential race on February 22, and the ruling party who has ‘won’ the last 8 races, is not ready for any surprise.
The test has been successful. So next time you miss me online, it might be that the government is having fun.