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Ethiopia: Social Media Sites Temporarily Blocked to Prevent Exam Leakage

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Awramba Times (Meke’lle) – Ethiopia Authorities have blocked social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter for the next few days, after questions from end-of-year exams were posted online last month, sparking a national scandal and leading to their annulment.
A government spokesperson said the ban was aimed at stopping students taking university entrance exams this week from being “distracted”.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Viber have been inaccessible in the Horn of Africa nation since Saturday morning.
“It’s blocked. It’s a temporary measure until Wednesday. Social media have proven to be a distraction for students,” government spokesperson Getachew Reda told AFP.
Ethiopian social media activists whom Awramba Times spoke to supported the government’s action as an only alternative option to protect the interests of the nation’s young generation.

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