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Did Armenia Censor Facebook? ( 25

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: "Only one day after Twitter was throttled in Turkey during an ill-fated coup attempt, social media again seemed to become a target during unrest in Armenia's capital, Yerevan," reports Mashable. A day after Turkey's president declared that Friday's coup has failed, armed men had taken hostages in nearby Armenia, and "The National Security Service accused the hostage takers' supporters of spreading false rumors on the internet about an uprising and the seizure of other buildings," according to Reuters. "Early Sunday, journalists and others in Armenia used Twitter to suggest Facebook had been blocked for a period as the incident unfolded," Mashable reports, noting that later Facebook access appeared to be restored. Facebook was unavailable for comment.
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Did Armenia Censor Facebook?

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  • Point, Betteridge!

  • How dare these third world dictatorships try to censor Facebook. That's America and Israel's job!
  • Yes... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by SeattleLawGuy ( 4561077 ) on Sunday July 17, 2016 @03:19PM (#52529359)

    Any communications system with a central point of failure (e.g. simple vulnerability to deliberate censorship, such as reliance on a given data center) will be a target during any kind of power struggle, coup, war, or other time of political dissent.

  • What is surprising about this? Anything? Facebook and Twitter are private for-cashola businesses, not governmental ogs... Other government can and will block them as they see a benefit to their junta.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    and the mob can and should be silenced during periods of national emergency, because potential for things to get out of control, based on misinformation, provocative lies and half truths, is very high.

  • From the incident, it was evident that the violence of right to express is coming along. So is the ban. Will it really solve any problem? I don't think so!

I haven't lost my mind -- it's backed up on tape somewhere.