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Ethiopia restores social media access after five months.


July 19, 2023

Ethiopia is allowing people to access Facebook, Telegram, Tik Tok and YouTube for the first time in more than five months.

The blackout was imposed on February 9 this year after tensions between the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the government.

Only those with access to virtual private network (VPN) software could get on to the social media platforms – something that cost them additional data.

The Orthodox Church faced a split in February when some archbishops from the Oromia region said they wanted to form a new synod as they wanted to hold services on the Oromo language.