Cameroon bans Twitter, protests likely to continue

By Emil
Mar 10, 2011
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  1. The government of Cameroon has banned mobile Twitter, according to the twittermobile account: "Twitter SMS on MTN Cameroon has been suspended by the Cameroonian government. Affected users should contact their MTN representative." The goal is to stop opposition protests in the West African state, which have been inspired by the recent uprising in other Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya.

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  2. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 443   +17

    Don't they have advisors that this has to go through before it becomes official? Surely there's a guy half-intelligent enough working FOR their government who says: "This is going to backfire and the whole world is not only going to become aware of everything, but they are going to be laughing at you."

    Maybe it is just me...
  3. Omnislip

    Omnislip TS Rookie Posts: 91

    I think they dare not question their (soon to be ex) despot...
  4. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    This is kinda like trying to stop people from speeding by banning only red sports cars.

    But I think this also reflects the "magic spell" view that a lot of people, especially unsophisticated people, take of computers and everything in them. You use a specific program or a specific site to accomplish a specific task. If that specific program or site is no longer available, you are now unable to accomplish your specific task. Information to the contrary will often be met with skepticism.

    So to these people, you ban Twitter, information can no longer be sent out via Twitter. Mission accomplished.
  5. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Might have something to do with it, as I fail to see how those in a position to stop this would allow it to happen when 99% of the world could tell you the end result in 30 seconds flat.

    Are we seriously about to see the entire Northern quadrant of the African continent fall one by one?!?

    I'm actually getting scared now tbh!
  6. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Funny thing is cutting off twitter might just actually trigger the revolution. I'm guessing the next story will be "Cameroon cuts off internet", because that's a proven method.......... for failure

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