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After a record 16-month ban, this president has unblocked social media access

Abdi Latif Dahir
After a record 16-month ban, this president has unblocked social media access

President Idriss Deby on Saturday (July 13) announced access will be restored to blocked platforms including WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. The social media blackout began on March 28, 2018, following a tense political moment when Deby was pushing plans that would see him rule the central African country until 2033. A largely semi-desert and landlocked nation, Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world with austerity measures introduced by Deby’s administration leading to repeated protests and paralyzing the public sector.