Clashes in the Oromia region of Ethiopia prompted the government to block several social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. As the monopoly when it comes to the internet, the government was suppressing information about the clashes, which saw at least 15 people dead and many others injured.
It is not the first time for the country to block the internet. In May 2017, it turned off the service to prevent cheating as the students sat for exams. This followed an incident in 2016 were exam papers were leaked online in protest against the shutdown of schools in the country’s Oromia region.